Mr. Speaker, last week our country honoured its veterans through a week of remembrance. Today, I would like to put a face to that remembrance, the face of my constituent, Nick Sokolan.
Nick was born in 1922 near Wynyard, Saskatchewan. Like many Saskatchewan farm boys, during World War II he volunteered to serve his country. As a member of the Regina Rifles, he landed on Juno Beach and fought in the Battle of Normandy. Nick served with the Rifles, fighting through Belgium and the Netherlands into Germany.
Nick served to the end of the war, only taking a few weeks off to recover from the bullet that struck him in the arm. Returning, he settled in Humboldt, to marry his wife Nettie, to raise four boys and work for CP Rail. To this day, he continues to teach young people the meaning of war and the price of peace.
Nick did what many young Canadians of his generation did. They gave above and beyond. They gave for home and country.
On behalf of the House of Commons, we thank Mr. Sokolan and his comrades for all they did on behalf of all Canadians, past, present and future.