Every nation’s identity is defined by the great struggles that mark its history. For Canadians, many of those defining struggles were waged an ocean away from our shores. None were more epic in scale or more noble in purpose than Canada’s campaign to liberate Italy from 1943 to 1945. From small towns across our vast nation, one hundred thousand young men sacrificed their youth to free an ancient land. They battled from Sicily to Monte Cassino, Ortona, and Rome. They blazed a trail of heroism, and left a legacy of peace.