On this day …

Anzio Beach Head War CemeteryOn this, the 70th Anniversary of D-Day, I’d like to take a moment to honor all those men and women who served so selflessly and gave their lives for others.

Anzio Unknown Soldier 2

During WWII, my father took part in the amphibious landings at Nettuno and Anzio, Italy – sometimes known as “the forgotten D-Day” – and was lucky enough to make it back home alive. He never talked about the horrors he witnessed while serving as a medic attached to the 33rd Field Hospital – Hell’s Half Acre, but he always honored those who didn’t return home to their families.

Anzio War Cemetery Grave 3In 2010, my sister and I traveled to Anzio to get a sense of the place where our dad served and to pay our respects at the Beach Head War Cemetery.

Anzio War Cemetery Grave 1 Anzio War Cemetery Grave 2So many young lives cut short …

Anzio War Cemetery Grave 4so many families torn apart.

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I’d like to thank their families …

Anzio War Cemetery Grave 7and tell them they aren’t forgotten.

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We will never forget the sacrifices made by both the soldiers and the civilian populations.

Anzio monument to civilians

Sadly, we didn’t get to visit the Sicily – Rome American Cemetery in Nettuno, but I fully intend to on my next trip.