This is quite a lovely and touching personal essay.
That same thing has happened to me in Europe, being personally thanked for the Canadians' role in liberating Europe.
I used to enjoy these stories a lot more.
Now they generally just make me very sad because I see that the blood of our soldiers was lost and spent utterly in vain.
Europe has invited totalitarianism unto its shores.
This completely disrespects the memory of those who fight and died for Europe and indeed spits upon all the graves that are preserved row by row and all the courageous, heroic souls represented thereby.