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Travel Bug Dog Tag Travel-Florence American Cemetery TB

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Tuesday, 27 May 2014
Texas, United States
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Like most of the other cemeteries maintained by the American Battle Monument Commission, the Florence American Cemetery and Memorial is far less well known than the on above Omaha Beach in Normandy,  It is difficult to speak of the beauty and tragedy of these places.  This writer cannot walk among the graves without tears.

This cemetery is a short bus ride south of the city of Florence.  It covers about 70 acres, chiefly on the west side of the Greve River and framed by wooded hills.  There are headstones of 4,402 of our military dead are arrayed in symmetrical curved rows upon the hillside. They represent 39 percent of the US Fifth Army burials originally made between Rome and the Alps. Most died in the fighting that occurred after the capture of Rome.  Included among them are casualties of the heavy fighting in the Apennines Mountains (mostly 10th Mountain Division) shortly before the war's end. There are also tablets of the missing upon which are inscribed 1,409 names. These are mostly bomber crews.

We had two other experiences while there.  An American legislator came while we were there, I think the office personnel said they were from New Jersey.  They arrived in two minibuses with an entourage of 10 or 12.  They carried a handfuls of small US flags and were presumably placing them on the graves of the fallen from their state.  Photos were taken.  Women (wives?) were bossing the staff around.  Then, without contemplation, they were gone.

Another group visiting the cemetery were US students.  We spent some time with them at the bus stop.  The students were taking a college class in Travel Writing taught by a US expatriot in Florence.  He challenged the students to think about what would cause the people buried there to leave their homes and fight in a war.  Only a couple of students were paying attention, the others were engaged with their phones.  I was struck by their seeming indifference to the fact they had been walking among the remains of kids, many younger than they, who had been asked to do a very adult thing.


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Mark Missing 11/15/2016 shellbadger marked it as missing   Visit Log

The owner has set this Trackable as missing.

Dropped Off 10/14/2015 Shark Lady placed it in Saco River Travel Bug Hotel New Hampshire - 1,725.72 miles  Visit Log
Retrieve It from a Cache 10/14/2015 Shark Lady retrieved it from A Wilde Talk Like A Pirate Day Event Texas   Visit Log

I retrieved this TB in Sept, and forgot to log it. My bad. I dropped it today, so will log that as well.

Discovered It 09/19/2015 Tygress discovered it   Visit Log

It seems a travesty to type
A verse most light and trivial
Though you were seen mid pirate hype
In setting most convivial
But though we laugh our minds don't shy
From mem'ry sober of fighting
And so a breath of sorrow, too
With this TB's sighting.

We all owe so much to so many.
Thanks for sharing.

Spotted at GC62HY0 A Wilde Talk Like A Pirate Day Event

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Dropped Off 09/19/2015 j2dad placed it in A Wilde Talk Like A Pirate Day Event Texas - 7.24 miles  Visit Log

Dropped in A Wilde Talk Like A Pirate Day Event

(Swapping this one with Shark Lady)

This entry was edited by j2dad on Sunday, 20 September 2015 at 00:26:52 UTC.

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