Monday, November 3, 2014

History buffs visit numerous World War battlefields

Don Vicic spends time each year traversing former European combat zones
War buffs Don Vicic (left) David Patterson, Tom Hodson, and Robin Preston visit the Tyne Cot Cemetery in Belgium. The grave marked with the Maple Leaf is the resting place of Hodson's grandfather, Private Charles Hodson, who was killed in the Battle of Passchendaele in 1917. Photo submitted.
While some war buffs spend their time in libraries, one West Vancouver retiree spends his time visiting battlefields where the World Wars were fought. For full story see The B.C. Catholic website.

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