Sicily-Rome American Cemetery Italy

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Sicily-Rome American Cemetery
Piazzale Kennedy, 1
00048
Nettuno
Italy
tel Phone: +39 069 88 0284

ABMC Headquarters
2300 Clarendon Blvd, Suite 500
Arlington, VA 22201
703-696-6900

Visiting Hours

The cemetery is open to the public daily, except on December 25 and January 1. Hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is open on host country holidays. When the cemetery is open to the public, staff members are on duty in the visitor center to answer questions and escort relatives to grave and memorial sites.

Overview

The World War II Sicily-Rome American Cemetery and Memorial site in Italy covers 77 acres, rising in a gentle slope from a broad pool with an island and cenotaph flanked by groups of Italian cypress trees. Beyond the pool is the immense field of headstones of 7,861 of American military war dead, arranged in gentle arcs on broad green lawns beneath rows of Roman pines. The majority of these individuals died in the liberation of Sicily (July 10 to August 17, 1943); in the landings in the Salerno Area (September 9, 1943) and the heavy fighting northward; in the landings at Anzio Beach and expansion of the beachhead (January 22, 1944 to May 1944); and in air and naval support in the regions. 

A wide central mall leads to the memorial, rich in works of art and architecture, expressing America's remembrance of the dead. It consists of a chapel to the south, a peristyle, and a map room to the north. On the white marble walls of the chapel are engraved the names of 3,095 of the missing. Rosettes mark the names of those since recovered and identified. The map room contains a bronze relief map and four fresco maps depicting the military operations in Sicily and Italy. At each end of the memorial are ornamental Italian gardens.

A new, 2,500-square-foot center visitor center opened in May 2014. Through interpretive exhibits that incorporate personal stories, photographs, films, and interactive displays, visitors will gain a better understanding of this critical campaign that contributed to the Allied victory in Europe during World War II.

History

Sicily-Rome American Cemetery

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In World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War, millions of Americans served far from home. In the various conflicts, service members...
On June 25, 1942 Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower assumed command of the European Theater of Operations U.S. Army. His experience in war planning...
The U.S. Army Air Forces (AAF), the predecessor to the U.S. Air Force, prepared for global war in January 1942.
To commemorate Memorial Day, ABMC is releasing “Memorial Day 2017: The Cost of Freedom.” This short film features three family members who...