Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Italy Blog #39: Italy's U.S. World War 2 Cemetery

One of several sections of tombstones
In today's 39th blog about our trip to Italy, we'll take you to the Florence American Cemetery and Memorial. 

We had a driver from Florence who was taking us to a couple of well-known medieval tourist towns, but his first stop was at this beautiful memorial that we had never heard of before! The memorial is about 7.5 miles south of Florence, Italy. If you find yourself in Florence and have a car, make the trip here. It's located at Via Cassia, 50023 Tavarnuzze, Impruneta FIorence, Italy.

The main monument and chapel

HISTORY OF THE MEMORIAL / CEMETERY - Recognizing the need for a federal agency to be responsible for honoring American armed forces where they have served, and for controlling the construction of military monuments and markers on foreign soil by others, Congress enacted legislation in 1923 establishing ABMC.

the pillar monument with tribute to U.S. soldiers

WHAT THE PILLAR MONUMENT SAYS - "1941 - 1945 In proud memory of the achievements of her sons in the humble tribute to their sacrifices, this memorial had been erected by the United States of America."

Entrance to the chapel


Rob at the monument

DID YOU KNOW?  In performing its functions, ABMC administers, operates and maintains on foreign soil 25 permanent American burial grounds, and 27 separate memorials, monuments and markers, including three memorials in the United States. Presently there are 124,905 American war dead interred in these cemeteries, of which 30,922 are from World War I, 93,233 are from World War II and 750 are from the Mexican-American War. 

Looking to the memorial from the road
soldier's memorial

One of several sections of tombstones
NAMES ON THE MEMORIAL - Commemorated individually by name on stone tablets are more than 94,000 American servicemen and women who were missing in action, or lost or buried at sea in their regions during World War I, World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. 


Gift/Memorial Suggestions

Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
DC Weimaraner Rescue and Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, those are our 2 favorites.
Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

About us

We're two married guys who enjoy the simple things in life, especially our dogs. We volunteer for dog rescues, enjoy splitting dinners, exercising, blogging, helping friends and neighbors, ghost investigations, coffee and tea, Tudor history, weather, superheroes, comic books, mystery novels, traveling, 70s and 80s music, classic country, piano, gardening, writing books on ghosts and spirits, architecture, keeping a clean house, cooking simply, and keeping in shape. You'll find tidbits of all of these things on this blog and more.

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!
Wondering what home project to do next