President Eisenhower drove through the streets of Rome on his second day in the Italian capital, Dec 5, to pay tribute at the tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
GV Tomb of the Unknown Warrior.
GV Wreath party, followed by Ike and party towards Tomb.
GV Ike and party follow wreath.
SV Wreath party lay wreath.
SV Ike stands in silence and removes hat.
SCU Ditto in torrential rain.
SV Onlookers in pouring rain.
GV Viminale Palace.
CU PAN..From chandelier to Ike and Prime Minister Segni and party entering room.
SV In conference room, Ike, Segni, Pella and others.
SV Members take their death at table.
Ike and Segni seated.
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Background: President Eisenhower drove through the streets of Rome on his second day in the Italian capital, Dec 5, to pay tribute at the tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Later he conferred with President Gronchi and Prime Minister Segni.
Big crowds waited in pouring rain to hail President Eisenhower as he drove to the Tomb. Thousands of supporters of the Communist and neo-Fascist parties, ordered by their headquarters to greet "Ike the Man of Peace", were in the crowds too - to applaud.
The Tomb is on the side of the Capitol Hill, above the Square where Mussolini once harangued the crowds. The President stood bareheaded in the rain for a time during the ceremony to the war dead of a nation that was an enemy 16 years ago.
Through the drizzle, President Eisenhower returned to see the leaders of modern Italy. People with umbrellas lined the route, many of them carrying balloons. One of them drifted under the wheels of a presidential escort car - and exploded, causing momentary alarm to Eisenhower's guards.
First the President visited Prime Minister Segni and other Ministers to discuss the international situation, with special reference to East--West relations and prospects for the Western Summit talks later this month. At night he dined with President Gronchi. Later in a communique the two Presidents stressed their determination to try to reduce the burden of armaments throughout the world - but with proper safeguards and controls.
After a meeting with the Pope Dec 6, President Eisenhower's next stop was Turkey.