On November 4, the Ville de Longueuil launched the Virtual Remembrance Week during which it will broadcast daily audio capsules or video testimonials on the theme Longueuil remembers – The time of the great wars of the 20th century.
One of the capsules focuses on Léo Major, nicknamed the “Quebec Rambo”, a soldier who distinguished himself during the Second World War and the Korean War. He liberated the City of Zwolle on his own on April 13, 1945.
Podcasts on Canadian personalities who have remained anonymous, including the Hurricane Queen, as well as three video clips from the series “Longueuil residents bear witness to the warWill also be presented.
Among them, Paulette Gagné tells the love story of her parents: Léon Gagné, a soldier who took part in the Normandy landings, and Jacqueline Catherine, originally from Normandy, who will leave everything to join her fiancé in Canada.
Holocaust survivor Marguerite Elias Quddus will also deliver a touching and authentic testimony.
It will also be an opportunity to learn more about the history of warfare in Longueuil.
The project is funded by the cultural development agreement concluded between the city and the government of Quebec.
“I invite the citizens of Longueuil of all ages to consult the historical content available to them. This project reminds us of the sacrifices of the women and men who risked their lives to defend our rights and freedoms, says Mayor Sylvie Parent. These audio and video capsules will not only allow us to learn more about our roots and our past, but also to understand to what extent these events have also marked the history of our community. ”
The City also reiterates its commitment to honor Léo Major. The unveiling of a commemorative plaque planned for this fall, in collaboration with the historical societies during a ceremony at Place du Souvenir in Léo-Major Park, had to be postponed until the spring.
To find out more about Virtual Remembrance Week and view the capsules: https://longueuil.quebec/fr/semaine-souvenir