The Florence American Cemetery and Memorial

Last week I paid my first visit ever to this remarkable memorial a stone’s throw from Florence.  It is a beautiful and fitting monument to the role American forces played in liberating Italy.

The Florence American Cemetery and Memorial is about 7 miles south of Florence, covering about 70 acres, chiefly on the west side of the Greve River. It is beautifully framed by wooded hills.

Most of those buried here are from the Fifth Army, who died in the fighting that followed the capture of Rome in June 1944; others fell in the heavy fighting in the Apennines between then and 2 May 1945.

Below is the lovely, small chapel, with a striking mosaic.

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