75th Anniversary of Allied Landings at Anzio and Nettuno

January 22, 2019, at 10:30am CET

Sicily-Rome American Cemetery will host a commemorative ceremony on January 22, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. to mark the 75th anniversary of the Allied landings at Anzio and Nettuno. The ceremony will include a wreath laying as well as the sharing of individual stories of some of those interred or memorialized at the cemetery.  

Later that same day, the cemetery will host a luminary beginning at 5 p.m. Every headstone, as well as the names on the Walls of the Missing, will be illuminated with candles. The cemetery will have extended hours that day due to the luminary and not close until 8 p.m. Both events are free to attend and open to the public. 

These events pay tribute to the almost 11,000 Americans honored at Sicily-Rome American Cemetery, who died fighting to liberate Italy. Stalemated at the formidable Gustav Line north of Naples in late 1943, the Allies outflanked the line with surprise, amphibious landings at Anzio and Nettuno on January 22, 1944. They then broke through the defensive lines with a massive offensive in May 1944. By early June of 1944, after almost a year of arduous campaigning, Rome was liberated.

 

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