Photo: Terry Harcombe embraces her son Peter before he departs for his first tour in Afganistan – submitted
Remembrance Day often instills thoughts of soldiers who have served and sacrificed their lives in past wars.
Seldom do residents consider the soldiers who are activly serving in the current wars, and the mothers who are left home to wonder and worry.
Fort St. John resident Terry Harcombe has a 23 year-old son, who drives a Light Armoured Vehicle (LAV) in Afganistan.
Her son Peter got involved in the military in January 2006, and started his first tour of Afganistan in January of this year.
A month before Peter started his tour, he got married to his girlfriend, Nicole, who is also serving in Afghanistan. The couple is not situated in the same location, and Terry says that’s making it extra hard for her son.
Back home, Terry says it’s hard to cope with the idea that both her son and daughter-in-law are in the war.
While deployed, Peter generally communicates with his mom through e-mail and telephone conversations. Terry says the phone chats can be unreliable, and they get disconnected at random times. Even the content of the conversation is restricted, and Terry can’t ask her son burning questions that are on her mind.
One time, Terry asked her son about an I-E-D LAV explosion she heard on the news. Peter couldn’t directly answer the question, so, Terry went online and discovered that her son was one of the soldiers involved in the explosion. Thankfully, Peter wasn’t hurt, but one of the soldiers he was with was fatally wounded.
Instances like those have kept Terry on her toes for the past 11 months.
Harcombe says she doesn’t know any other parents in Fort St. John, who have children in the Afganistan war, so she often feels alone in her own struggle.
Peter is expected to come back to Fort St. John later this month, while his wife Nicole is expected to return sometime in the Spring.
Harcombe says Wednesday’s Remembrance Day ceremonies in the City will be difficult to deal with, and she hasn’t decided whether or not she will participate.
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