Qualicum Beach veteran Jack Rossiter receives a monument replica from Courtenay-Alberni MP Gord Johns on Friday, July 14 to honour Rossiter’s role in the Italian Campaign during the Second World War. The replica is of a monument in Toronto erected last year to honour the 93,000 Canadian soldiers who took part in the campaign. — Courtesy office of MP Gord Johns

Qualicum Beach vet recognized for WWII Italian Campaign

Jack Rossiter receives replica of monument raised for Can. participation in Italian Campaign

It’s been about 72 years, but some actions aren’t forgotten.

Qualicum Beach veteran Jack Rossiter, now 92 years old, was recognized on Friday, July 14, for his role in the Italian Campaign during the Second World War.

The Italian Campaign took place from 1943-45, with Canada committing 93,000 soldiers to fight the Nazis in Italy.

More than 25,000 Canadians were either injured or killed, 7,000 of whom are now buried in military cemeteries throughout Italy, reads a news release from Courtenay-Alberni MP Gord Johns.

Johns presented Rossiter with a glass replica of a monument erected in Toronto City Hall’s Nathan Phillips Square last summer, which honours Canadians who took part in the Italian Campaign. The ceremony presenting Rossiter with the replica took place at the Qualicum Beach legion.

The monument depicts the destruction of war in the City of Ortona, where a Commonwealth Cemetery holds the remains of nearly 1,400 Canadian soldiers.

“I am deeply appreciative of Mr. Rossiter’s valour, bravery, courage and commitment to our country,” said Johns at the ceremony, according to the news release. “The Canadian Forces played an integral role in the liberation of Italy and the pursuit for world peace.”

— Office of Courtenay-Alberni MP Gord Johns

Just Posted

Qualicum Beach staff moving forward with report for cinema, brew pub

Councillor makes motion to include The Old School House proposal

Annual pickleball tournament fills up quickly

Two-day event to take place indoors at Oceanside Place May 24-25

Lighthouse Country bus tour to focus on area’s tourism destinations

Business assocation wants more tourists to come to the area

Flock of spinners holding fleece and fibre fair in Coombs

Annual event raises money for Bradley Centre, supports local producers and vendors

BC Ferries CEO, president speaks to Parksville and Qualicum Beach chambers

Guest asks about Vancouver Island resident discount fares

VIDEO: After the floods, comes the cleanup as Grand Forks rebuilds

Business owners in downtown wonder how long it will take for things to go back to normal

PNE’s Summer Night Concerts by Village People, Lauper, Goo Goo Dolls, more

Mostly retro sounds at this year’s fair in Vancouver, starting Aug. 18

Notley to skip western premiers meeting today, but slams leader who’s there

Notley told reporters that B.C. Premier John Horgan is trying to shut down the Trans Mountain pipeline

No suitors emerge for pipeline project stake as Kinder Morgan deadline looms

Analysts and observers remain perplexed by Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s comment last week that “plenty of investors would be interested in taking on this project”.

Energy wells plugged as Hawaii’s volcano sends lava nearby

A spike in gas levels could prompt a mass evacuation in Hawaii

Trump seethes over Russia probe, calls for end to ‘SPYGATE’

“SPYGATE could be one of the biggest political scandals in history!” Trump said on Twitter

Grads receive BC Transit passes

BC Transit provides passes to graduating students in more than 50 communities

Philip Roth, fearless and celebrated author, dies at 85

Literary agent Andrew Wylie said Roth died Tuesday night of congestive heart failure.

Woman’s death near Tofino prompts warning about ‘unpredictable’ ocean

Ann Wittenberg was visiting Tofino for her daughter Victoria Emon’s wedding

Most Read