As the Edwards family remained close to their radio, they heard a message from King George VI: “In this grave hour, perhaps the most fateful in our history, I send to every household of my peoples, both at home and overseas, this message, spoken as if I were able to cross your threshold and speak to you myself. For the second time in the lives of most of us, we are at war…. I ask you to stand calm, firm and united in this time of trial. There may be dark days ahead …but we can only do the right as we see the right and …with God’s help we shall prevail.”  Canada followed up with its own declaration of war on September 10, 1939.

Adapted from:  Hehner, Barbara. Desert Hawk: The True Story of Stocky Edwards, World War II Flying Ace (Kindle Locations 59-61). HarperCollins Canada. Kindle Edition.