Private Alton Kjosness of the Saskatoon Light Infantry died in a land mine explosion on the road to Ortona on December 15, 1943. His mother chose the inscription “Alton was a poet” to be carved on his headstone in the Italian war cemetery where he lies. We will never read Alton’s poetry, so much of it unwritten. But his sacrifice must not, cannot, be forgotten. Canadians must always remember that Alton and his comrades fought so that they can live in freedom.