There is an interesting interview with one of our uncles (age 91) regarding his service in Sicily, just posted by CTV Montreal. He is a vibrant and active veteran who is concerned with the preservation of history and the honourable treatment of veterans. He is also featured in a piece about a commemoration of Operation Husky, in Sicily
Veterans remember the invasion of Sicily | CTV Montreal News
And there is also an article about another member of this same family, who contributed to the war effort at home in a very unusual way, before enlisting in the air force. This year we are seeing quite a few mentions of our family in the press, which is quite amazing, and so meaningful.
I'd like to finish by sharing my favourite poem for Remembrance Day, written by a Canadian doctor in WWI and familiar to all Canadian schoolchildren:
By John McCrae
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place: and in the sky
The larks still bravely singing fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the dead: Short days ago,
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved: and now we lie
In Flanders fields!
Take up our quarrel with the foe
To you, from failing hands, we throw
The torch: be yours to hold it high
If ye break faith with us who die,
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields
Composed at the battlefront on May 3, 1915
during the second battle of Ypres, Belgium