Catania to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the Sicily landings

A series of events are planned in Catania in July to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the Allied landings in Sicily, the city’s Museo Storico dello Sbarco in Sicilia 1943 has announced.

They include the Sicily 1943: Peace, Security &Prosperity conference on 7-8 July which will tell the story of the landings and how peace in Sicily was restored from Italian, American, British and Canadian perspectives. The event is supported by the International Forum for Peace, Security & Prosperity, a Canadian non-profit corporation.

Speakers will include Sicilian dignitaries and experts from Italy, Canada, the UK and the US.  The conference will hear presentations about  formations that played a critical role in the Sicily campaign including the Durham Light Infantry, The Green Howards, the London Irish Rifles, Special Forces and the 1st Canadian Division. US formations to be covered include the Tuskegee Airmen, the African-American flyers who served in the air campaign.

The Sicily 1943: Peace, Security & Prosperity conference is to be held in Le Ciminiere conference and exhibition centre near the port of the Catania. 

Other events planned in and around the Ciminiere complex to mark the 80th anniversary include two concerts. There will be an exhibition of historic military vehicles.

Remembrance Services will be held on Sunday 9 July at the CWGC War Cemeteries at Catania and Syracuse.

The 325 KM Walk for Remembrance & Peace (WRAP) organised by the International Forum for Peace, Security & Prosperity will start on Husky landing beaches at Pachino on 10 July. Participants will follow the route taken by the 1st Canadian Infantry Division and 1st Canadian Tank Brigade in July-August 1943 from Pachino to Adrano on the slopes of the Mount Etna. The route will pass through more than 30 Sicilian towns.

Guided tours are planned to Sicilian campaign landing sites and battlefields.

You can register to attend the conference here.

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