The 75th anniversary of the Italian Campaign

Learn more about Canada’s involvement in the Italian Campaign and our plans to commemorate this military milestone.

Canada and the Italian Campaign

Canada’s participation in the Italian Campaign took place over a 20-month period during the Second World War. More than 93,000 Canadians played an important role during this bitter struggle, battling some of the German Army’s best troops. The Italian Campaign began on the island of Sicily in July, 1943, and moved north up the Italian mainland through to the end of the war in Europe in May 1945. Nearly 6,000 Canadians would die there.  

Learn more about Canada’s involvement in the Italian Campaign.


Government of Canada delegation

To commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Italian Campaign, an official Canadian delegation will travel to Italy 28 November to 6 December 2019. The delegation will include Veterans of the Italian Campaign, their caregivers, representatives from Veterans’ and Indigenous organizations, Canadian youth, and a Silver Cross Mother.


Travel subsidy

Second World War Canadian Veterans and Allied Veterans living in Canada travelling outside the official delegation may qualify for a travel subsidy of up to $2,000 CDN to attend 2019-2020 commemorative ceremonies. Learn more about this travel subsidy.


Events

We will mark the 75th anniversary of Canada’s involvement in the Italian Campaign with in-Canada and overseas activities. An official delegation will travel to Italy and participate in a number of ceremonies throughout the country.

26 November 2019

Ceremony of remembrance

Time: 18:00 (TBC)

Location: Horticulture Building (1525 Princess Patricia Way)
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

To mark the 75th anniversary of Canada’s participation in the Italian Campaign, Veterans Affairs Canada will host a commemorative ceremony, with participation by Veterans, youth and a Canadian Armed Forces contingent.

28 November 2019

Ceremony of remembrance at Agira Canadian War Cemetery

Time: 10:30 (CET)

Location: Agira Canadian War Cemetery
Agira, Sicily, Italy

A small delegation will attend a traditional ceremony of remembrance at Agira Canadian War Cemetery. The cemetery contains the graves of 490 Canadians (13 members of the RCAF and 477 of the army), six of whom are unidentified

30 November 2019

Ceremony of remembrance at Pontecorvo Monument

Time: 10:00 (CET)

Location: Pontecorvo Monument
Pontecorvo, Italy

The Canadian delegation will participate in a traditional ceremony of remembrance at Pontecorvo Monument, a location near the most heavily defended line faced by the Allies during the Italian Campaign—The Adolf Hitler Line.

2 December 2019

Ceremony of remembrance at the Price of Peace Monument

Time: 10:00 (CET)

Location: Canadian Heroes Square
Ortona, Italy

The Canadian delegation will participate in a traditional ceremony of remembrance at the Price of Peace Monument. The square where the Price of Peace monument is located was badly damaged during the war. The base of the monument incorporates bricks from buildings that had been smashed in the fighting. Atop the monument is a bronze, life-sized sculpture of a wounded Canadian soldier being comforted by a comrade.

4 December 2019

Ceremony of remembrance at Ravenna War Cemetery

Time: 11:30 (CET)

Location: Ravenna War Cemetery
Piangipane, Ravenna, Italy

The Canadian delegation will participate in a traditional ceremony of remembrance at Ravenna War Cemetery. Ravenna was taken by the Canadian Corps at the beginning of December 1944, and the burials in the cemetery reflect the fighting for the Senio line and the period of relative quiet during the first three months of 1945. The cemetery contains 438 Canadian Graves.

*Planning an event in your community? Funding is available for commemorative events through our Commemorative Partnership Program. We encourage you to add your event to our Calendar of Events.


Travelling to Italy


Media information

Backgrounders

YouTube videos

Interview requests

If you are interested in speaking with a Veteran from the delegation, please contact Veterans Affairs Canada Media Relations.

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