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Last Updated: Tuesday, 7 November 2006, 15:34 GMT
Canada war brides retrace steps
By Lee Carter
BBC News, Toronto

A Canadian woman on board the war bride train
Many of the brides are remembering days gone by
More than 200 "war brides" and their families are travelling to the Canadian port of Halifax, where they first entered the country after World War II.

They are travelling on a special train to join thousands of other war brides for two days of ceremonies.

Between 1942 and 1948 nearly 50,000 war brides crossed the Atlantic and settled in Canada with the soldiers they had married in Europe.

Some couples will be renewing their wedding vows on Halifax's Pier 21.

Some 200 war brides are exchanging memories as they take the train journey across eastern Canada.

When they arrive in Halifax they will gather with thousands of other war brides and their families on Pier 21, Canada's Ellis Island, where their journey here began some 60 years ago.

Some of the women, now in their eighties, recalled being terrified at their arrival in an enormous and unfamiliar country whilst leaving family and friends so far away.

But they had been through years of war rationing and bombing and were determined to see it through.


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