As a youth in the mid- to late 1950s, I was a cadet of the Queens Own Rifles of Canada. I was cadet and we were between wars, so I never faced any danger. Each Nov. 11 I remind myself of those valiant young men who went before me and sacrificed their lives for our Canada and our values.
The next two paragraphs were taken from the The Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada Web site.
The Queen’s Own was in the leading wave of the D-Day invasion. The Regiment landed on Bernieres-sur-Mer at 08:12hrs, on the 6th of June 1944. The fighting took them through Normandy and into Northern France. The Regiment fought their way north into Belgium, freeing the crucial channel ports.
The Regiment entered the Netherlands, in early October of 1944. The impossible terrain of the Netherlands made fighting costly and difficult. In February the Rifles finally crossed the border into Germany, pushing toward the Hochwald. In capturing the little hamlet of Mooshof, Sergeant Aubrey Cosens was awarded the Victoria Cross. The Queen's Own Rifles last action of the war was at 12:00 hrs on May 4 when C Company attacked a cross roads just east of Ostersander, Germany.
Lest we forget.