70th Avalanche – September 9, 2013

70th Anniversary Operation Avalanche – September 9, 2013

And here we are finally to 9 September: the day that commemorates the 70 years that have passed from the Allied landing on our shores..

A long, special, unique day, thanks to the many personalities and the many friends who have accompanied us on this trip in a tragic and unforgettable event.

First of all we have to thank the delegations of U.S., U.K. and German embassies that have been with us and came by boat to visit the places of landing. They deserve a special thank: with a very sincere and deep participation, they raved about the beauty of the land, the sea , the coast.

Thanks that really include everyone, from the press office manager of the Embassy of Germany , Mrs. Stoll, at the beginning so authoritarian and then smiling and in love with the sea after a splendid parmigiana offered from our friends of Coldiretti, but also to the Admiral John Sadler (USA) , and the master Jamie Dible (United Kingdom).

We’ll never forget their participation, their emotions at the cemetery of the Commonwealth, in front of the tombstones of 1854 boys between 18 and 24 years old died in the landing: we could only imagine, in silence, the ties of blood and brotherhood, in that moment that bound them to the less fortunate predecessors.

Five days with hundreds and hundreds of tourists who did not know and Campania and Salerno, but they gave us the satisfaction of coming here for our Museum, five days with many young people and with the 200 Rotary friends who wanted to know the story of the September 9 1943, five days with Mr. and Mrs. Baxter, arrived here with a jeep of 1942 travelling for 2,500 kilometers from London to not miss out on the landing .

We can not forget , finally, the envoy of BBC History, the guard of honor and fanfare of bersaglieri, and long but cheerful queues to the cancellation stamp , designed by Livio Ceccarelli for 70 years Landing .

Thank you all then, and continue to support us with the same kindness: we’ll see very soon …


Riccardo Notari


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