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The American cemetery for Rome/Sicily is located in the town of Nettuno, which is east of Anzio and a short train ride from Rome. The site was chosen soon after the landings at Anzio and became a permanent cemetery in 1956. There are over 7,000 remains in the 77 acre site as well as a chapel inscribed with the names of 3,095 of the missing, whose remains were never recovered or identified. Most of those in the cemetery died prior to the liberation of Rome in 1944. For further information:
The American Battle Monuments Commission website provides background on the commission and downloadable brochures for all of the cemeteries on foreign soil: http://www.abmc.gov

Design elements:
This cemetery is laid out in neat arcing rows of headstones in a large green lawn and the headstones are uniform and simple. Each headstone is a simple white marble cross or Star of David and each headstone includes the name, rank, unit and date of death. For the unknown, the inscription reads “Here Rests In Honored Glory A Comrade In Arms Known But to God”. There are 23 sets of brothers buried side-by-side and two sets of twins. Seventeen women lie in this cemetery and two Medal of Honor recipients are buried here. The “Brothers-in-Arms” statue symbolizes an American soldier and sailor side-by-side. The sculpture on façade of museum is “Resurrection” with a dead soldier being taken to his heavenly reward by a guardian angel. The sculpture on façade of the chapel is a relief of “Remembrance” and pictures an angel bestowing a laurel wreath upon the graves of those who give their lives for the nation.

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