Adrien Boivin an ordinary man who did extraordinary things!
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.