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Howdy Fr. Todd,
I didn’t see any obvious way to send you an email, so I’ll just post it this way. I happen to be reading “Daily Journal of Vatican II” by our retired auxiliary bishop (Bishop Marion Forst). I thought you might like to hear part of his entry for 12 Oct 1963:
After enjoying the luxury of a long sleep — I didn’t rise until 7am — I made use of a glorious day, and, keeping in mind that it was Columbus Day, I ventured alone by bus to Anzio. After a [meal], I walked to Nettune — neighboring Anzio to the south — to pay my respects to those buried in the large American military cemetery there, developed as a result of the U.S. landings and heavy casualties in the fighting in the area from June 1943 to June 1944. The cemetery covers some 70 acres, beautifully kept, along with a memorial building. There are almost 8,000 graves attesting to the high price paid for our freedom.