Adrien Boi­vin an or­di­na­ry man who did ex­tra­or­di­na­ry things!

Le Vortex de Bagotville - - NEWS -

These days, there are fe­wer and fe­wer men and wo­men who took part in World War II and other ma­jor conflicts that mar­ked the 20th cen­tu­ry but Adrien Boi­vin is one of them. The Vor­tex met with him a few days be­fore the Re­mem­brance Day ce­re­mo­ny in Ba­got­ville, where he will be the guest of ho­nor.

The mee­ting was at his re­si­dence in Chi­cou­ti­mi; Mr. Boi­vin ad­mits he is star­ting to lose his me­mo­ry a bit la­te­ly, but he will ne­ver for­get the time he left his fa­mi­ly to fight along­side thou­sands of other Ca­na­dians. Mr. Boi­vin is a col­lec­tor at heart. Pain­tings, me­dals and books flood his ba­se­ment. The young Adrien Boi­vin joi­ned the Re­serve in 1938, with the Francs- ti­reurs of Sa­gue­nay, even be­fore WWII be­gan. He was on­ly 15 years old. He ad­mits he fib­bed a lit­tle about his age at the time. "I went in­to the Re­serve and the war had not yet be­gun. I told them I was 18 and no one che­cked," he says, lau­ghing. Two years la­ter, he was al­rea­dy an ins­truc­tor for new re­cruits who were about to leave for Eu­rope. In the sum­mer of 1944, af­ter a stint in En­gland, he par­ti­ci­pa­ted in de- mi­ning the fre­sh­ly - li­be­ra­ted land of Nor­man­dy. In the in­ter­view, he had a cer­tain de­tach­ment when tal­king about his work de- mi­ning, ne­ver loo­king for glo­ry. It is be­cause of these mo­dest he­roes that Re­mem­brance Day ce­re­mo­nies are or­ga­ni­zed on No­vem­ber 11th across Ca­na­da, Eu­rope and other coun­tries of the Com­mon­wealth. In Ba­got­ville, as is tra­di­tion, 3 Wing will mark Re­mem­brance Day with a ce­re­mo­ny the mor­ning of No­vem­ber 11th in Han­gar 7. As for 2 Wing, mem­bers will par­ti­ci­pate in a ce­re­mo­ny in Al­ma on the same day. Some Ba­got­ville mem­bers al­so at­ten­ded the Re­mem­brance Day ce­re­mo­ny held down­town Chi­cou­ti­mi on No­vem­ber 6th.

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