Outside the restaurant in Catania, Sicily, the young man and woman were listening to my conversation with Harry Watts. They overheard us talking about the liberation of their country, Italy. What made the moment rather special was that standing right in front of the young couple was one of the thousands of men who had accomplished that extraordinary feat, 70 years ago this summer. But the young couple seemed perplexed.
“We thought the Americans liberated our country,” the woman said.
“No,” Harry Watts said politely, but firmly, “this part of your country was liberated by Canadians.”