2018 Nova Scotia Heritage Day is Feb 19th, this year celebrating Mona Parsons. Mona Parsons was born in Middleton in 1901. She moved to New York City in 1929 to pursue an acting career and later became a nurse. She married Dutch businessman Willem Leonhardt and settled in the Netherlands in 1937. When Holland was invaded by Germany in 1940 she and Willem joined a group of like-minded people who vowed to do whatever they could to counter the Nazis’ efforts. Unfortunately, an informer reported them to the Gestapo and Parsons was arrested in 1941. She was found guilty of treason and given a death sentence. The judge allowed her to appeal her sentence which was then converted to life in prison at hard labour. In March 1945, the prison was bombed, giving her the opportunity to escape with a friend. Eventually, Mona Parsons made it to Holland where she told a Dutch farmer that she was Canadian and needed to find some Allied troops. The farmer took her to the North Nova Scotia Highlanders—ironically, a regiment from her home province!