Lottie indicates with a gesture that they should continue to search for information in the exhibit space. They check a few items and then Lottie discovers a photo album. She opens it and we hear a voice-over by Old Sisler. There is a sequence of images of Sisler from different times during the war until he went home.
VO: Look at me there, still just a kid – it was 1918, and the war was still dragging on. I’d made Lieutenant and thought it might be time to give the Air Force a try. I’d spent enough time getting hammered in the trenches by enemy planes, thought I’d have a go at hammering back. And by then, I’d seen my share of the trenches.
I can remember that morning at Vimy, thousands of us under the grey sky, the bitter west wind starting to blow snow. Every fella counting the minutes, nervous, cold. What a battle. We hit the Germans so hard that they were pouring out of their dugouts to surrender. And after Vimy, it was on to Hill 70, and then the bad news, we were heading for Passchendaele. No one was too keen on that, but I came out of it all right.
I went over to the air force soon after and did training at Camp Bexhill. Then the war ended. I finally got home late in the spring of 1919. Lots of guys were fed up waiting so long, but me, I was just thankful, thankful to get home, and to see Mildred there waiting for me.
When the sequence ends, Lottie is holding a small photo of Mildred. Joe and Lottie head towards the door and as Lottie passes the mannequin, she puts the picture of Mildred into the pocket of Sisler’s uniform.
He turns out the light. They leave the room, and in the dark, the mannequin is briefly animated and salutes.