Memorial Day will be observed in the U.S. on Monday, and the parties & sales will run through the weekend. But many of us will take a moment to reflect on what this day means. I had time and reason to reflect a short while ago, during a visit to Tuscany, when I went with my husband & friends to the Florence American Cemetery and Memorial.
The headstones, which are set in curved rows on the hillside, “represent 39 percent of the U.S. Fifth Army burials originally made between Rome and the Alps. Most died in the fighting that occurred after the capture of Rome in June 1944. Included among them are casualties of the heavy fighting in the Apennines Mountains shortly before the war's end. On May 2, 1945 the enemy troops in northern Italy surrendered.”
You can learn more about this and other American Cemeteries at the American Battle Monuments Commission website. For more about the cemetery in Florence, click here.
And now I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves.