National Italian memorials planned

Work has started on a plan to develop Second World War national parks and sites across Italy to commemorate the sacrifices made during the conflict.

The first phase of the plan involves research in Sicily and creating a supporting network on the island. That will begin at the Sicily 1943: Peace, Security & Prosperity conference in Catania’s Museo Storico dello Sbarco in Sicilia on 7-8 July 2023.

The sites and parks initiative will include placing physical memorials in locations that were turning points for Italy in 1943-45; education programmes in Italy and elsewhere and making connections with broader efforts to promote economic growth and social solidarity.

“We have at our disposal the methodology and access to former employees and current advisors from the US National Park Service (NPS), which is responsible for hundreds of battlefield parks and historic sites in the US,” says the sites and parks initiative founder Robert Desourdis. “We plan to integrate the methodology used by private and public Italian conservationists with the best practices of the NPS to create this system in Italy. “

Other 80th anniversary memorial activities include the 325km-long Walk for Remembrance & Peace (WRAP) which will follow the route of the 1st Canadian Division and 1st Tank Brigade from landing beaches near Pachino to Adrano on Mount Etna.

The WRAP is being organised by the International Forum for Peace, Security & Prosperity, a Canadian non-profit organisation which is supporting the conference.

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