Get the tissues ready for this one!
Victoria resident and World War II veteran George Young was honoured by the Winnipeg Jets at BellMTS Place in Manitoba on Sunday.
Born in Winnipeg in 1922, the 96-year-old Young served for 5 years in WWII as a flight sergeant and gunner. After his valiant service during the war, he returned to Winnipeg and married the love of his life, the late Gladys.
The war veteran used to coach baseball and hockey, and at one point was scouted by the Montreal Canadiens.
Now, Young lives here in Victoria, and frequents his favourite pub, Belleville’s Watering Hole. Friends say you can find him there chatting, and of course, watching the Jets games.
On Sunday, the Jets gave Young a Blake Wheeler aviator jersey, and a memory that will last a lifetime – he received a standing ovation that moved him to tears.
“George, thank you, on behalf of Jets fans and Canadians everywhere,” said the team. And we couldn’t agree more!