Regina amateur historian and photojournalist Chris Harris is in the middle of a project which recognizes the ultimate sacrifice many Canadian and Saskatchewan soldiers made during the Second World War.
On Tuesday, Harris is marking the 73rd anniversary of D-Day, where 47 Saskatchewan born soldiers lost their loves along with many other Canadians fighting for the freedom and privileges we have today by setting up a pop-up style exhibit in front of the Saskatchewan Legislature with photos from his trip last summer to France, where he visited the Canadian Commonwealth Cemeteries.
The exhibit mimic’s the rows of graves where the Canadian hero’s rest today.
Harris said it’s important for people today to continue to understand the role Saskatchewan people played in one of the most significant day’s in Canadian history.
“Essentially what I’m trying to accomplish with this exhibit is just to show the sacrifice that was made, and how it impacted Saskatchewan even though Saskatchewan is so far away from the action that happened over in Normandy,” Harris told 620 CKRM.
Harris added he also feels empowered by the by the opportunity to give the soldiers lost that day a chance to come home to Canada.
“One of the messages that I find is really important is that as part of this project, the soldiers were able to make their trip home in 2016 when these pictures were taken and brought back, and they weren’t able to originally make that trip because of the sacrifices that they made and the decisions they made to fight half a world away for our freedoms,” Harris said.
Harris will embark on the second part of The Saskatchewan Remembrance Project this summer, when he heads to Italy where 246 Canadian soldiers lost their lives in the country’s first military action in Europe in World War II.
The display will remain until 9 o’clock Tuesday night.