Canada at War: THE SERVICES: Home Is the Hero

It was early morning, but Ottawa's Union Station was already jammed. The mayor was there with an air vice marshal, an Air Force band, a crowd of excited relatives. Some 200 Canadian airmen, from humble ground crewmen to two of Canada's top aces, were coming home after long tours overseas.

The 200 piled off the train, impatiently shuffled into line for the official twaddle of an official welcome. Suddenly they broke ranks and the real welcoming began. One airman appeared, brandishing an ice-cream cone. Another shouted: "Cones again!" Some of them had not seen an ice-cream cone in four years.

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