Assisi's War Cemetery: Leaving with Gratitude

Assisi spreads out serenely on the hill backdropping the Assisi War Cemetery where over 900 white tombstones stand stalwartly in straight, evenly spaced rows; like the rows of the proud soldiers buried there who had once marched straight and tall, heads high, behind their commanders.

Initially known as the “British Empire Military Cemetery,” the Assisi War Cemetery was inaugurated in September 1944 when the battle for the liberation of Italy had moved north to the Gothic Line. Throughout the following year, casualties were brought here not only from Umbrian battlefields near Lake Trasimeno and along the Tiber River valley but also from some areas of neighboring Latium and

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