Post 50 SAL Trip to Italy May 2005 to Participate and Conduct in
World War II 60th Anniversary Ceremonies.
British Beachhead Cemetery, Anzio, Italy
Members of Post 50 learned about the cemeteries of several American
allies near Anzio the site of the 1944 invasion that was heavily counter
attacked for several months before a break though was achieved to
move inland towards Rome only 40 miles away. The ceremony was
conducted by Post 50 SAL 50 members on May 2, 2005 the 60th
anniversary of the end of WWII in Italy after the end of the ceremony at
the American cemetery. The American Legion group led by New York
State Commander Paul Cortright read several stories and poems
describing the heroism of British soldiers and the appreciation of the
their nation. The cemetery was beautiful, maintained kept like a
British garden with a rose planted near each of the 1,000 headstones.
In some cases family members hand been able to have personal
inscriptions added. Allied soldiers from a number of Commonwealth
countries Canada and New Zealand were interred here. The group
expressed the appreciation for these soldiers who had fought along
side American soldiers, sailors, and airmen.
American Legion Post 50 SAL 50 New York USA