Often it is the day after an important event that you actually realize or recognize what it means. This is exactly the case regarding the armistice announced by Italy on September 8, 1943. It was the day after the announcement when it became immediately apparent that an armistice did not mean the end of the war. In fact, Italians remember from that day on being the worst part of the war. It was a confusing time. Anxious for the war to be over, many Italian soldiers returned home in civilian clothing. But the war was not over, Italy had been allied with Germany up until that time - German troops were everywhere in Italy. The enemies and allies had been inverted.
From that day on, long and hard fought battles ensued to liberate Italy. The Allies worked their way up from Sicily; but it wasn’t until May 1945 that the war was actually over. After which began the long process of rebuilding one of the many countries devastated by war.
History is so very important for each of us to know and witness. It is what makes us who we are. We learn from the past. During our tours we intertwine history and the present day, and we pay homage to those who have dedicated their lives to the freedoms we have.
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