Some time ago I asked Jocelyn Major if I could email him some questions to ask his father, Leo Major. He kindly did so and I present the answers here. This is an interview with a living Canadian war hero.
How do you define the word “hero”?
For me a hero is someone that will stop at nothing to save another’s life even if he might lose his own. A great singer or business man is not a hero. He or she is simply someone with talents. A surgeon that saves lives is not a hero. He is someone that save lives without risking is own. Firefighters and some policemen are heroes. Some soldiers were during WW2 because they where fighting to help people regain their freedom. Presently they are the invaders of two helpless countries. As such they cannot be seen as heroes.
Do you think of yourself as a hero?
This is what some people are saying about me. If I am a hero then I am a hero. I did what I did because I had to do it. If I didn’t do it probably thousand of innocent civilians would have either been killed or injured.
Who were your heroes when you were growing up in Canada?
Really I do not think I had a hero when I was young. I didn’t really have time to find a hero.
Who are your heroes now?
The greatest hero I had was Willy. It is because of him that I became what I am now. He never hesitated risking his life to save others. I simply did what he did. Another hero I have today is my son Jocelyn. When he was 20 he noticed a kid drowning in the Richelieu river near Montreal. Jocelyn was not, and is still not a great swimmer (He was even afraid of water). But he jumped in the cold water without thinking and rescued the little kid. So he is a hero for me. Also any firefighter are heroes for me. They risk their lives everyday to save others