World War II

A World War II reenactor pays tribute to a soldier on Omaha Beach in Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer, Normandy, Sunday, June 6, 2021, the day of 77th anniversary of the assault that helped bring an end to World War II. While France is planning to open up to vaccinated visitors starting next week, that comes too late for the D-Day anniversary. So for the second year in a row, most public commemoration events have been cancelled. (AP Photo/David Vincent)

Normandy commemorates D-Day with small crowds, but big heart

On D-Day, more than 150,000 Allied troops landed on the beaches 77 years ago

 

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau rises during question period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Wednesday, May 26, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Trudeau delivers apology to Italian Canadians for internment during WW2

31,000 Italian Canadians were labelled ‘enemy aliens,’ fingerprinted and scrutinized

 

Italian-Canadian prisoners at the Kananaskis prisoner of war camp in Alberta. (University of Calgary/Contributed)

Italian moved to Okanagan with hope; he ended up being sent to a WWII internment camp

Raymond Lenzi shares his grandfather’s story ahead of Canada’s planned formal apology to Italian-Canadians

 

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau rises during question period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Italian-Canadians to get formal apology for treatment during Second World War

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will issue a formal apology next month, acknowledging internment camps

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau rises during question period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
File - In this Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018 file photo, survivors of the Nazi death camp Auschwitz arrive for a commemoration ceremony on International Holocaust Remembrance Day at the International Monument to the Victims of Fascism inside Auschwitz-Birkenau in Oswiecim, Poland. The commemorations for the victims of the Holocaust at the International Holocaust Remembrance Day, marking the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau on Jan. 27, 1945, will be mostly online this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski, file)

Auschwitz survivors mark anniversary of liberation online amid pandemic

Nazi German forces killed 1.1 million people at the Auschwitz death camp in occupied Poland

File - In this Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018 file photo, survivors of the Nazi death camp Auschwitz arrive for a commemoration ceremony on International Holocaust Remembrance Day at the International Monument to the Victims of Fascism inside Auschwitz-Birkenau in Oswiecim, Poland. The commemorations for the victims of the Holocaust at the International Holocaust Remembrance Day, marking the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau on Jan. 27, 1945, will be mostly online this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski, file)
Bill Stevens is proud of his military service in the Canadian Scottish Regiment. (Annie Gallant Photo)

Bill Stevens going strong at 98

The Quesnel resident survived a truck explosion while serving in Holland during WWII

  • Nov 6, 2020
Bill Stevens is proud of his military service in the Canadian Scottish Regiment. (Annie Gallant Photo)
Dave Beaumont (foreground) and Jim Spencer salute after laying a wreath on behalf of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 94 Sept. 15 at the Quesnel Cenotaph in a small service to mark Battle of Britain Day. Doug Carey, standing at the side, presided over the ceremony. (Lindsay Chung Photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)

The legacy of the Battle of Britain

Royal Canadian Legion Branch 94 marked Battle of Britain Day with a small service Sept. 15

  • Sep 23, 2020
Dave Beaumont (foreground) and Jim Spencer salute after laying a wreath on behalf of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 94 Sept. 15 at the Quesnel Cenotaph in a small service to mark Battle of Britain Day. Doug Carey, standing at the side, presided over the ceremony. (Lindsay Chung Photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)
Sept. 15 is known as Battle of Britain Day throughout the Commonwealth. This year marks the 90th anniversary, and owing to the Coronavirus concerns, Royal Canadian Legion Branch 94 will hold a small service at the Quesnel Cenotaph. (Quesnel Cariboo Observer file photo)

Quesnel Legion to honour Battle of Britain Day

A small service at the Quesnel Cenotaph is planned for Sept. 15

  • Sep 6, 2020
Sept. 15 is known as Battle of Britain Day throughout the Commonwealth. This year marks the 90th anniversary, and owing to the Coronavirus concerns, Royal Canadian Legion Branch 94 will hold a small service at the Quesnel Cenotaph. (Quesnel Cariboo Observer file photo)
Correlieu Secondary School students planted tulip bulbs in front of the school this fall as part of the “Celebrating Liberation with a Promise” education program, which saw students plant the bulbs while learning about the efforts of the Canadian Army to liberate the Netherlands in World War II. (Lindsay Chung - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)

Remembrance blooms at Correlieu Secondary School

Quesnel students planted red tulips to commemorate Dutch liberation in WWII by Canadian Forces

Correlieu Secondary School students planted tulip bulbs in front of the school this fall as part of the “Celebrating Liberation with a Promise” education program, which saw students plant the bulbs while learning about the efforts of the Canadian Army to liberate the Netherlands in World War II. (Lindsay Chung - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)
Henry Martens has often told the story of the time he unwisely extracted a bear cub from a Jasper park den while the animal’s mother looked on. Tyler Olsen/Abbotsford News

VIDEO: B.C. senior recalls ‘crazy’ wartime decision to grab bear cub from den

Henry Martens – now 96 – says he was lucky to be alive after youthful decision to enter a bear’s den

Henry Martens has often told the story of the time he unwisely extracted a bear cub from a Jasper park den while the animal’s mother looked on. Tyler Olsen/Abbotsford News