Florence American Cemetery
This World War II cemetery in Italy contains the graves of nearly 4,400 war dead, and more than 1,400 names on the Walls of the Missing.
NARRATOR: Just outside the famous city of Florence, Italy is Florence American Cemetery. In this beautiful setting rest the remains of more than 4,400 American men and women. Most died in fighting after the capture of Rome in June 1944. Many visitors come as part of their trip to Florence. Others come to visit a lost family member or friend. The memorial stands on high ground overlooking the graves area. At its entrance is a large stone pylon. High atop it is a sculpted figure depicting the spirit of peace, hovering over the fallen. Inside is a small devotional chapel. A colorful mosaic behind the altar depicts a figure of Remembrance. Carved on granite panels along a shaded walkway on the memorial plaza are the names of the missing. A map made with different types and colors of marble illustrates U.S. military operations in the region. This statue of a regimental soldier watches over the graves as the Tuscan sun rises and sets on the cemetery.