06/19/2014 05:10 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

WWI Battlefield Heirloom Allows Family To Connect With 100-Year-Old History

A soldier's military identification bracelet, that was most likely lost on the battlefields of World War I nearly 100 years ago, is now in the hands of his family.

A bracelet, bearing the inscription, "Lt. O. L. Erickson, C of E, 78th Batt. Canadians," was found in a box of scrap silver in Vancouver by military historian Peter Czink, CBC News reported.

Czink discovered that the item belonged to Oscar Erickson, the father of the famous Canadian architect Arthur Erickson. Both men are now deceased, but Oscar Erickson's other son, Don, met with Czink to receive the relic of his father's military service.

"I can't tell you how much this means," Don Erickson told CBC News. "Oh boy. My family will be absolutely thrilled."

The appearance of forgotten or long-lost items is a sweet and nostalgic surprise for many. Take Tita deGavre, for example, the widow of a WWI war hero who was reunited with her late husband's West Point military jacket when it turned up on a New Jersey beach after Superstorm Sandy, or Sheryl Caliguire from Oregon, who was recently presented with lost love letters that her grandfather sent to her grandmother during WWI.

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