Remembering: Team USA Visits Sicily-Rome American Cemetery and Memorial
In 2007 I had the honor of meeting Retired Colonel Joe Bevilacqua Superintendent of the American cemetery in Nettuno Italy. In addition to his position at the cemetery he and has also helped us with the field preperations over the past few weeks with equipment and resources . During our conversations he wondered if the USA baseball team may have some time to come over to the cemetery to see the site. One thing lead to another and it worked out that Team USA could be there a few minutes before BP of the Netherlands game.
The Cemetary is as humbling as Arlington Cemetary with over 8000 Americans laying rest from the Anzio beach invasion of the allied forces during WWII. The 77 acre site is American property. The players were obviously moved by Colonel Joe’s presentation of the invasion and the cemetary facts. Joe has a crew of over 16 guys that maintain the grounds which were breath taking.
Not only was there a memorial but also a chapel where over 3000 soldiers considered missing in action have their names etched into the Roman traventine marble. Inscribed in bold letters in the chapel. ” IN PROUD REMEMBERANCE OF THE ACHIEVEMENTS OF HER SONS AND IN HUMBLE TRIBUTE TO THEIR SACRIFICES THIS MEMORIAL HAS BEEN ERECTED BY THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA” On several unknown cemetary markers the inscription reads..HERE RESTS IN HONORED GLORY A COMRADE IN ARMS KNOWN BUT TO GOD”
A couple of the players were talking and I over heard one say, ” had the guys laying here not given the ultimate sacrfice we may not have been here today playing this game”.
Im glad it worked out they could see the cemetery as it really puts things in perspective as to why we are playing these games. Many Many thanks to our armed forces for keeping us safe. God Bless All of our military and those that have fallen for our freedom. Gone but not forgotten.
Anyway …. CUBA – USA tommorow for the GOLD MEDAL Check out the poster .