On the 11th day of the 11th month at the 11th hour many countries observe when hostilities of the First World War were formally ended. King George V, in 1919 inaugurated this tradition to honour and remember those that died in the line of duty.
Private McCormack, a Carseland Hero
It’s almost impossible to fully comprehend how a 22-year-old young man, thousands of miles away from home, family, friends, anything remotely familiar; could handle being in a strange foreign land, among strangers, yet willing to face the unknown, knowing with unequivocal certainty death was sure to be his shadow.
73 years ago, in the early pre-dawn; Private Adolph McCormack was one of those young men that numbered just over 150,000 Allied troops that landed on the beaches of Normandy. June 6th, 1944 would be forever known as, D-Day. It is sadly, the same day that a Carseland family lost their son, friend and loved one.
It was dubbed, Operation Overlord by General Dwight D. Eisenhower. "This operation is not being planned with any alternatives. This operation is planned as a victory, and that's the way it's going to be. We're going down there, and we're throwing everything we have into it, and we're going to make it a success."
It was a success, but there was a cost. 14,000 Canadians participated with 1074 casualties that included the loss of 359 soldiers.
Today we pay our respects to the unsung heroes of that historical day. Specifically, to a young man of only 22 years of age at the time. Private Adolph McCormack lost his life that fateful day on Juno Beach, Normandy, France. Private McCormack was part of the Canadian Army, Scottish Regiment, R.C.I.C.
The beaches of Normandy seem so far away from us here in Southern, Alberta. What’s interesting is that Private McCormack lived with his family in Carseland, Alberta. Less than 15 minutes away from where Aspen Crossing is located.
On that infamous day, many families, lost a son, so that we could enjoy the life and serenity we have today. We have much to appreciate and many to be respectfully grateful to. Aspen Crossing is thankful to have the opportunity to share our heritage.
There is very little known about Private McCormack. All we know is that he was once a local area farming boy. He died bravely and valiantly, of that we can almost be certain. But as we continue on with our day to day lives, we here at Aspen Crossing can’t and won’t forget, the many unsung heroes that gave their lives for us. For the many that put their lives on the line each and every day, so that we may enjoy peace and freedom.
The Bergquist House originally came from Carseland, so we thought it only fitting that we pay homage to Private McCormack and let his memorial portrait reside in a house that rang out with laughter and lots of love. Rest in Peace, Private McCormack.
If you, or anyone you know may have any information pertaining to Private McCormack and or his family, we’d love to hear about it. We’d like to fill in some gaps about this brave young man, as we remember him with respect.