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There are almost 50,000 British and Commonwealth states’ servicemen who are buried in 37 cemeteries throughout Italy. The cemetery at Anzio has 1,056 burials and was chosen immediately after the landings by Allied troops in January 1944. British military cemeteries are very reminiscent of English gardens with flowers in front of each headstone. Headstones are uniform and simple and each headstone contains the national emblem or regimental badge, rank, name, unit, date of death, and age; an appropriate religious symbol sits below the inscription along with any personal inscriptions from the family. Each cemetery with more than 40 graves has a Cross of Sacrifice, which is a simple cross with a bronzed sword embedded upon it and which sits upon an octagonal base. The British government decreed that all British servicemen killed overseas during the wars will be buried with their comrades who have fallen. This beautiful little cemetery looks out over the ocean.

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