New Zealand Embassy Rome, Italy
World War II 70th Anniversary Commemorations in Colle San Magno
On 30 March 2014, the New Zealand Ambassador, Dr. Trevor Matheson, was invited by the Mayor of Colle San Magno, Dr. Antonio di Noto, in the Frosinone Province of Italy to participate in a special WWII service of commemoration followed by a concert featuring the Italian Army Brass Band.
A small town located on the slopes of Monte Cairo some 20 kilometres north of Monte Cassino, Colle San Magno occupied a central strategic position in the Gustav defensive line for the Germans during WWII. The town was liberated by New Zealand troops after the fall of Monte Cassino on 18 May 1944.
The moving service, marking the 70th anniversary of liberation, was attended by various dignitaries from Italian government institutions and local civic authorities who, to this day, acknowledge with immense gratitude New Zealand’s role and sacrifice in the Italian Campaign of WWII.