97-year-old Dunkirk veteran: ‘it was just like I was there again’

Among the moviegoers at the premiere of “Dunkirk” on Friday night was a veteran who actually lived through it, and was moved to tears by the cinematic portrayal of the battle.

World War II veteran Ken Sturdy arrived at Calgary’s Westhills Cinemas adorned with his military medals and left in tears over what he said he believed the movie says about the world.

“Tonight I cried because it’s never the end,” Sturdy told Global News. “It won’t happen. We the human species are so intelligent and we do such astonishing things. We can fly to the moon, but we still do stupid things. So when I see the film tonight, I see it with a certain kind of sadness, because what happened back then in 1940, it’s not the end.”

Sturdy, a native of Wales who served as a signal man for the Royal Navy, thought the movie captured exactly what it was like to be at Dunkirk.

“I never thought I would see that again. It was just like I was there again,” Sturdy said. “It didn’t have a lot of dialogue. It didn’t need any of the dialogue because it told the story visually and it was so real.”

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