San Francisco, California
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This event is being organized in association with the Hastings and Prince Edward Regimental Association. A group rate is being offered to Hasty Ps, Canadian Forces and other affiliated organizations who are helping to promote this event. Contact Skip Simpson, Regimental Secretary, for further information at 613-661-2818.
Join filmmaker Max Fraser, author Mark Zuehlke and special guests for a one-time-only event this fall to honour Canadian veterans of WW2 and help reclaim lost history. Both the film and the book deal with Operation Husky, the 1943 invasion of Sicily, and the emotional 70th anniversary pilgrimage that took place in July 2013.
Filmmaker Fraser is the son of a WW2 veteran of the Hastings and Prince Edward Regiment who served in Sicily and Italy, a largely-forgotten campaign where Canadian soldiers waged their first major battles, earning a formidable reputation. Fraser's new one-hour documentary is called "Bond of Strangers - The Operation Husky Story." It's the emotional story of ten Canadians who literally went the distance for remembrance, walking 300km over 20 days in Sicily in 2013 on the 70th anniversary of the invasion. They form a special bond through their journey together, and with the local people whose memories of that dark time run deep.
Author Mark Zuehlke recently was honoured by the Governor General with the Pierre Berton Award for popular history for his Canadian Battle Series. He is one of the ten marchers in OpHusky2013 and his new book is based on that gruelling experience. "Through Blood and Sweat, A Remembrance Trek Across Sicily's World War Two Battlegrounds" is a contemplative look at the culture of remembrance and the experience of war.
DVDs and books will be on sale following the event.
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Max Fraser, Remembrance Films Ltd.
Max Fraser is an independent filmmaker based in Whitehorse, Yukon. He grew up in Vancouver. His dad, James Treadwell Fraser, served with the Hastings and Prince Edward Regiment during WW2 in Sicily, Italy, The Netherlands and Germany.