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October 26, 2012 / TAB

Veneto- Mount Grappa

      The Veneto has been an area of war as far back as history goes. Every little hamlet and town has a war memorial to the fallen. There are specially marked roads to trace the Great War (World War I) battle sites.

memorial to French soldiers

the grieving family

     I decided to follow one road to the memorial on Mount Grappa. The winding forest road in its fall colors did not reveal anything until the very top where I was met by a soldier who reminds people of the young men lost to war.

 

 

bullet shaped reminders

     The layer cake design contains rows of marked tombs alternating with the remains of unknown soldiers. In all 12,615 Italians soldiers, 10322 of them unknown, are represented from the battles to defend the Grappa. Medal winners are inscribed in the plaques. At the top is a small chapel where flickering candles show that people do remember.

the unknown

bronze medal

silver

gold

sometimes only a last name

      Past the chapel is the Way of Heroes, stones which record the places where the many battles were fought. Each stone has a bench for resting and reflecting while looking out over the Venetian plain to the mountains and the lagoon. 

battle site

 At the very top is the Observatory built on top of the Portale Roma.

maybe not mass destruction but destruction all the same

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  1. ytaba36 / Oct 26 2012 5:44 am

    Oh, I am glad you went to see this memorial, Trish. It must be quite a moving experience.

  2. TAB / Oct 26 2012 8:33 am

    Yes, to see that sad reminder of boys lost and never coming back to their loved ones was very sobering.

  3. moliver2645 / Oct 27 2012 7:00 am

    very moving….

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