Article by 8242 Don Carr
Bob Novitsky (#8339 CMR’68, RMC’70) finds a ‘déja-vu’ moment in this iconic 1944 photo of his father landing in Normandy. It has twice been used in the Canadian Legion’s Magazine (first in a 1956 article and now again in the current issue). The National Post used it for a D-Day landing story in June 2009. Private George Novitsky is forth from the right, arriving in theatre. A week later he was evacuated back to England with multiple wounds suffered in intense fighting. He would be home in Winnipeg by Christmas to continue his recovery, return to civilian life and start a family.
Fast forward 20 years, Bob like many baby boomer teenagers, joined cadets in high school and enthusiastically applied to military college. Bob excelled as an Officer Cadet at CMR and RMC then served in the Navy, retiring with the rank of Commander. Bob’s son Rob continues as the third generation of the Novitsky family to serve, a LCdr currently stationed in Halifax. He now has a 5 year-old son. Perhaps this family tradition to serve Canada in uniform that started in a prairie recruiting centre over 77 years ago will continue.
June 6th marks the 75th anniversary of the Allied landing in Normandy. Juno Beach Centre will be the focus of Canadian commemorative activities. If you are or know of cadets of the 1950’s through the 1970’s whose parents landed in Normandy, please share a little of their stories of D-Day and the aftermath here in eVeritas. Of course, you may be a veteran with personal experience of the allied invasion. Your memories would be truly special to include in our publications.