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MONTREAL, NOVEMBER 14, 2017 What was intended to be a quick visit turned into a surprise for the Speranza family when the Royal Canadian Legion recognized Rocco, his wife Didi and children Tedario and Emmeranda for their work that honours Canadian veterans.

Rocco, a Spiritual and Community Animator at the English Montreal School Board, has focused on honouring the legacies of veterans for the past 30 years. With his family following his lead, together, the Speranzas have a combined 60 years of service.

“It is very important to get the next generation involved in remembering our veterans and current members of the Canadian Forces. It aids them in making the connection to our past, our present and our future,” said Rocco. “In these ceremonies, we do not celebrate or glorify war, nor victories; we remember the bravery and sacrifices made by veterans in the name of peace and unity. Many of us live a life of privilege thanks to the sacrifices of those who have gone before us.  It is what we do with these privileges in order to promote peace, kindness and aid others. This is what is important to hand on to the next generation.”

Michael J. Cohen
Communications and Marketing Specialist
English Montreal School Board
Tel: (514) 483-7200 ext. 7243
Fax: (514) 483-7213