Memorial to the sacrifice of Canadians in Italian Campaign

93,000 young men from across Canada fought to free Italy

Italian campaignA new war memorial will be dedicated at the Nathan Phillips Square on Saturday, June 5, Time: 10 to 11:30 a.m. (remarks at 10 a.m.)

Deputy Mayor Denzil Minnan-Wong (Councillor, Ward 34 Don Valley East) will be joined by members of the Peace Through Valour committee of Villa Charities, and Canadian veterans of the Italian campaign of the Second World War, to dedicate the memorial. The sculp;ture will be  a permanent addition to the City’s Public Art and Monuments collection.

Location: Nathan Phillips Square, Sculpture Court, 100 Queen St. W. (northwest corner of the square).

Militello

Troops are cheered as they enter Militello, Sicily, July 1943.

Albina Guarnieri, former Minister of Veterans Affairs, said in the Peace and Valour  blog: “Every nation’s identity is defined by the great struggles that mark its history.  For Canadians, many of those defining struggles were waged an ocean away from our shores.  None were more epic in scale or more noble in purpose than Canada’s campaign to liberate Italy from 1943 to 1945. From small towns across our vast nation, one hundred thousand young men sacrificed their youth to free an ancient land.  They battled from Sicily to Monte Cassino, Ortona, and Rome.  They blazed a trail of heroism, and left a legacy of peace.”

This large, bronze artwork, called Peace Through Valour, commemorates the more than 93,000 Canadian soldiers who took part in the Italian campaign of the Second World War. The work was created by internationally known Canadian artist Ken Lum, who will also be in attendance. – CINEWS

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