Second World War veteran Herbert ‘Buck’ Rogers still gets emotional when he talks about his friend Ronald Jones.
At 95-years-old, Rogers is heading for the open road of the Canadian landscape, towing his custom-made trailer, complete with a fold-out bed, to Cape Breton, N.S.
“I’m doing this trip on behalf of my buddy Ronald Jones, who was blown to bits in Russi, Italy by mortar shell,” he said with solemn conviction.
“This still lies on my memory at 95.”
Rogers fought in North Africa, Italy, France, Belgium, Germany and helped liberate Holland.
Though this is a personal quest for him, he hopes his trailer, which has “One WWII Vet” written on the side, will capture people’s attention and spark conversation.
“I’m a painter, I will stop along the way and paint scenery, and talk to people about the war and how our country is being run,” said Rogers.
Born in Cape Breton the Vernon resident has made this trip many times before, but he plans to take his time on this journey and enjoy the adventure for Jones.
“He would have liked it,” said Rogers.