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In pictures: Summer camp lets war vets feel like kids again

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Donald Sutherland sits alone looking out at the water of Lake Joseph. Veterans from Toronto and London, Ontario on their first day at summer camp at the CNIB's Lake Joseph facility on June 11, 2012.

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Recreation therapy assistant Kathleen Nimigon, left, guides Halina Kwiatkowski, right, and Norman Cook, 96, through some Tai Chi exercises on the dock early Tuesday morning.

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Norman Cook, 96, sits at the fireside playing a drum.

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Two veterans enjoy each other's company on the tranquil setting of Lake Joseph.

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Norman Cook, 96, pauses to chat with two other veterans along the Lake Joseph waterfront.

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While the weather was cool for the visit, protection from the sun was still a concern. Jack Cooper has some sunscreen lotion applied to his face.

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Jack Ford has a spontaneous dance with a staff member as Sunnybrook music therapist Trish MacAulay plays guitar.

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Harold "Red" Fromstein is supported by Sunnybrook RN Ace Ombao as he stands at the water's edge to feel the water. The weather was sunny but too cool to swim during this camp.

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A resident and staff member sit alone enjoying their first evening at camp. The relaxed environment helps strengthen bonds between staff and the veterans.

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Ninety-six year old Bernard Julott, paddles in a canoe with Lake Joseph camp staff member Venus Valbuena. Julott was among the Canadians who landed at Normandy on D-Day, June 6, 1944. While those memories are difficult for him, he has fond memories of paddling in a canoe as a young man.

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Ninety-six year old Bernard Julott, is assisted after an opportunity to paddle in a canoe on Lake Joseph.

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Arthur Wynne, a paratrooper in WWII, takes some photographs from his walker on the dock.

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Garnett Stafford, 80, shoots some hoops for the first time in many years, with camp staff lifeguard Breanna King.

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Harold "Red" Fromstein heads out onto the water in a paddle boat with Sunnybrook RN Ace Ombao.

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Wally Metcalf, 88, a former tail gunner in the Halifax and Lancaster bombers, plays horseshoes for the first time in many years.

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Wally Metcalf, 88, a former tail gunner in the Halifax and Lancaster bombers, plays horseshoes for the first time in many years.

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Although it was a cool day, Ray Dobbin joined many other veterans to sit in the sun beside the water at Lake Joseph.

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Veterans from Toronto and London, Ontario attended summer camp at the CNIB's Lake Joseph facility.

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Ron Strupat, with glasses and painted on sideburns, like all the male veterans, dances with occupational therapist assistant Kori Garside at the 50's themed dance on Tuesday evening.

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Wally Metcalf, 88, enjoys a roasted marshmallow during a bonfire on the first night if camp.

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