Canada Company member Jacques Borne and his son Rik, joined Steve Gregory with Gilles Aubé Co-Founder of the 3rd Battery of Montreal Artillery (3BAM) traveled to Pontecorvo Italy during the week of April 13th. The 3BAM, a volunteer organization dedicated to supporting veterans and cadets of the 2nd Field Regiment, brought significant expertise to the restoration project. Tires were generously donated by Ralph and Andy Chiodo of Active Green and Ross, while the paint was supplied by Jean Mayrand of International Paint. Grant Furholter of the RMR worked tirelessly to manage the overseas shipping and even managed to get the tires sent over by Air Canada Cargo at no cost. We are very grateful for this generosity.
The Pontecorvo Gun is significant as this town where the 1st Canadian Infantry Division broke the Hitler Line on May 24th, 1944. Veterans Affairs which provided approximately one third of the funding for the project will be happy to hear that in recognition of the Canadian investment, the town will be rebuilding the piazza in which the Gun sits, complete with new lighting and security cameras.