Military Cemetery in Italy
VFW Post 1463
Commander Joel Ellis, VFW Member Tom Tedrow and their wives recently
vacationed in Italy where they visited the Florence American Cemetery
and Memorial, an American World War II military cemetery where 4,402
servicemen and women are interred. The cemetery covers 70 acres and
is one of fourteen permanent American World War II Military cemeteries
erected on foreign soil by the American Battle Monuments Commission.
Joel and Tom were honored to participate in the flag retreat ceremony
at the cemetery. The retreat ceremony serves a twofold purpose; it signals
the end of the official duty day and serves as a ceremony for paying
respect to the flag. Traveling in Italy at this same time and joining
in the retreat ceremony was Homer Somers, a 90-year-old World War II
veteran. Homer was stationed in Italy during World War II and recounted
details of many battles and his experiences in Italy during that war.
cemetery in Florence, Italy
Cemetery Caretaker lowers the American Flag in Italy.
Joel, Ellis, cemetery caretaker, Homer and Alma Somers, Tom Tedrow
Joel and Tom perform the ritual folds of the American flag.