"The American Cemetery and Memorial of Florence" American Cemetery & Memorial Tip by etfromnc

If you are an American, or anyone from any nation who resents the US, you should most definitely visit one of the dozen, or more, American cemeteries in Europe and North Africa. They are not there because of the number of Americans who lost their lives while vacationing in foreign lands but because of the number of Americans who sacrificed their lives so that Europe, North Africa, and the remainder of the world could remain free of tyrannical governments.
There are 4,402 American patriots laid to rest there and 1,409 names inscribed on the Wall of the Missing. These men and women so bravely and selflessly shed their blood and gave up their lives on distant shores, giving ?the last full measure? to keep the world safe and free.
Entering a military cemetery should give us a sense of reverence and awe. A humble hush should come over you as you feel you are treading on hallowed ground.
The Florence American Cemetery and Memorial site in Italy covers 70 acres, chiefly on the west side of the Greve "torrente." The wooded hills that frame its west limit rise several hundred feet. Between the two entrance buildings, a bridge leads to the burial area where the headstones of 4,402 of our military dead are arrayed in symmetrical curved rows upon the hillside. They represent 39 percent of the U.S. Fifth Army burials originally made between Rome and the Alps.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 shortly before the war's end. On May 2, 1945, the enemy troops in northern Italy surrendered.

Address: Strada Regionale 2

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