Memorial Ceremony in Honor of the 332nd USA Regiment Soldiers Fallen on the Italian Front during the First World War

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A Memorial Ceremony was held yesterday at the Italian Cultural Garden di Cleveland (OH) in honor of the 332nd USA Regiment soldiers fallen on the Italian front during World War I.

The event was organized by the Italian Cultural Garden Foundation -ICGF, the Italian Honorary Vice Consulate in Cleveland and the Cleveland City Administration. A few days after the showing of the documentary “Buffalo Soldiers” and in close proximity to Italian Armed Forces Day on November 4th, the event took place on Veterans Day.

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In attendance at the ceremony were US veterans, an armed military picket, and representatives of the local media (television, radio, newspapers, who interviewed the US veterans and Mayor Jackson).  The program included brief speeches by Consul Nobili and by Mayor Jackson, as well as the laying of a laurel wreath on the monument where the guests were gathered.

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Mrs. Mariani of the Italian Cultural Garden Foundation had prepared a small photographic exhibition illustrating – with reproductions of the cover of the Domenica del Corriere and other historic material – the role played by the American military on the Italian front.  Consul Nobili gave Mayor Jackson a crest of the Gruppo Nazionale Leone di San Marco Marina Militare, which utilizes as its logo the same Leone Marciano used by the military of the 332nd and a copy of the book In Italy with the 332nd Infantry.