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Canada’s War, 1939-1945

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.

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World War II brought much personal tragedy to Canadians, but it also made its people well-off.
Born in 1939, Granatstein served in the army and then taught history at York University where he is Distinguished Research Professor of History Emeritus. Granatstein was director of the Canadian War Museum and is now a fellow of the Canadian Defence and Foreign Affairs Institute. He writes on history, defence, foreign policy and politics.