A Visitor from Sicily, A Shared History

| February 21, 2015

On the occasion of a visit from Girolamo Culmone, Director of the Natural Reserve of Saline di Tripani, managed by WWF in Sicily, let’s take a look back at the role played by the Canadians in the liberation of the island during the summer of 1943.

A Second World War enthusiast, Mr. Culmone knows the main sites of the Normandy landing beaches quite well. This year he visited Cherbourg, Utah Beach and Sainte-Mère-Eglise. After the Juno Beach Centre, he finished his tour at the Merville battery before heading back to Sicily.

At the Juno Beach Centre, Mr Culmone could see that the history of the landing in Sicily, as it’s presented in the permanent exhibit room, “The Roads to Victory”, which showcases the role of Canadians in Operation Husky and the Liberation of Sicily.

In Catania, Sicily, this participation is evoked (even if briefly) in the excellent “Museo Storica delle Sbarco in Sicilia” (Museum of the History of the Landing in Sicily). As for the Canadians who lost their lives during the campaign for the liberation of Sicily, they rest in the Canadian military cemeteries in Agira (490), Catania (12) and Syracuse (4), beside the Americans and members of the Commonwealth forces whose sacrifice contributed to the success of Operation Husky.

The Juno Beach Centre welcomes Sicilian visitors who, like Girolamo Culmore, come to discover the history of the D-Day landing at the Centre in Normandy, and also find a page of the history they share with the Canadians in Sicily.

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