MANILA, Philippines – While virtual reality is popular as a means of allowing people to entertain themselves through games, it can also be used to let people go to far-flung places they normally wouldn't be able to reach.
In the case of Frank Mouqué, a World War II veteran who fought to liberate towns in the European theater from Nazi occupation, virtual reality allowed him to revisit Armentières in North France – the town he liberated back in the day.
Creative marketplace Twine.fm traveled to Armentières, and with help from the Royal Hospital Chelsea, set up a presentation that would let Mouqué see the town again after 72 years.
The VR experience, Twine.fm said on its November 6 video, let him go back "to Armentières to stand in the town square, hear local children sing the town song, listen to life-long Armentières residents who remember the Allied forces' arrival, and have an audience with the Mayor of Armentières, who presents Frank with the town's highest honor: the medal of the town."
It's a touching way to use VR, and definitely a heartfelt way to let someone return to a place of intense personal significance to them. – Rappler.com
Victor Barreiro Jr is part of Rappler's Central Desk. An avid patron of role-playing games and science fiction and fantasy shows, he also yearns to do good in the world, and hopes his work with Rappler helps to increase the good that's out there.