Students hear WWII veteran’s story

“Don’t feel sorry for me.”

That was the message WWII veteran Jack Rhind, 94, wanted to leave with students at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic School on Monday, as he regaled them with stories of his outfit, 11th Army Field Regiment, and how they were among the first Canadian troops to be involved in the Battle of Monte Cassino.

Their role in the liberation of a Dutch village that had been under siege for four years, he told them, became one of the greatest moments of his life.

A captain in the Royal Canadian Artillery, Rhind secretly kept a diary to chronicle his many war adventures, which he allowed the eager students at the Garfield Avenue school to examine.