Friday, June 10, 2016

The Sicily - Rome American Cemetery and Memorial in Nettuno

I was working in the town of Nettuno today and friends told me about this beautiful memorial, so I visited it on my to FCO.  A beautiful place.

The main gate

Looking down the mall towards the memorial

There is a stone cenotaph in the center of the reflecting pool.

The memorial has a chapel, center "Brothers in Arms," sculpture and a map room explaining where these soldiers fought

7860 Headstones

Each a partially written story.  A life lost before the story could be written...

Each plot is separated by these beautiful pines.

The stones are Lasa marble, the care is pristine.

Anzio is just a few kilometers away...

A closer look at the memorial

On the right, an angle cradles the fallen

In the center of the memorial a circular courtyard provides a focus for this sculpture.

On the walls inside the memorial are the names of 3095 more soldiers who are not buried.  They are the missing.

"Peace on Earth Good Will Among Men"

A apnoramic view of the center court

The South Garden sculpture

The North Garden and 4 stars...

A somber place, a beautiful place.  The many who repose here gave all.  I am reminded of the poem "In Flanders Fields," written by LTC McCrae during WW 1.  As my own father used to say, "why do we not learn?"

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