New Zealand Embassy Rome, Italy
An Enduring Legacy - New Zealand Remembered
On 5 October 2013, the New Zealand Ambassador, Dr. Trevor Matheson, was invited by the Mayor of Colle San Magno in Frosinone Province to attend the inauguration of the town’s new Living Memory Museum.
A small town located on the slopes of Mount Cairo some 20 kilometres north of Monte Cassino, Colle San Magno represented the hinge between the Gustav and Hitler defensive lines and was the scene of many bloody battles during WWII.
The inauguration was preceded by a solemn ceremony at the War Memorial in the town centre which included the unveiling of two WWII memorial plaques dedicated to the military and civilian war victims of Colle San Magno and the laying of wreaths. Elderly residents emotionally recalled the joy of New Zealand troops liberating their community from German occupation on 27 May 1944.
Numerous dignitaries from Italian government institutions and local civic authorities were present.