March honours Canadians' role in WW II Sicily liberation
Canadians soldiers' crucial role in Italy overshadowed by British, American troops
If Operation Husky sounds unfamiliar to you, you are not alone.
It is a code name for the Allied invasion of Sicily that liberated the region from Nazi forces. It was a big moment for the Canadian military, whose crucial role was overshadowed by British and American troops and then largely forgotten.
A group of Canadians have set out to change that with a concert Tuesday to recreate Canadian soldiers' celebrations after the liberation that took place exactly 70 years ago.
The concert marks the end of a month-long march through Italy to retrace the Canadian journey. Everywhere they go, the Canadians have been greeted by grateful Italians.
Steve Gregory, organizer of the march, learned about Operation Husky seven years ago when his son Eric decided to do a school project on the topic. They realized how little was known about Canadians' involvement and set out to change that.
"No one expected us to do much, but our Canadian soldiers, 25,000 of them, punched way above their weight," he said.
The march took 22 days and ended at the cemetery where most of the Canadian soldiers who died during the campaign were buried.