Allied and Axis veterans of world war two joined in prayer at the new abbey of Monte Cassino May 15 on the 16th anniversary of the end of the devastating Allied bombardment.
GV PAN..Area surrounding Monet Cassino
LV The new abbey
SCU Another statue
TGV INT..Ceremony inside
STV Banner inscribed "Unione Naz" ITALIANA REDUCI DE RUSSIA" ( National Union of Italians repatriated from Russia )
SCU Veteran with medals
SCU Officer with medals
SV Symbolic 'torches' are lit
CU Canadian 'torch'
SV Relatives of deceased watch
CU Austrian 'torch'
CU Veteran in fez, PAN down to medals
FULL CU..Medals and banner inscribed MONTE CASSINO
GV Ceremony inside abbey
TGV Procession from abbey to cemeteries
SV PAN..Through archway on old abbey site
SCU German and British Veterans
SV French General in procession
Sv Entrance to cemetery
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Background: Allied and Axis veterans of world war two joined in prayer at the new abbey of Monte Cassino May 15 on the 16th anniversary of the end of the devastating Allied bombardment. In all, 4,000 ex-servicemen from 16 nations joined Pope John 23rd in a prayer for peace read by Paolo Cardinal Marella of the Vatican.
In tribute to the dead, the veterans, including survivors of the bombardment on the 250-strong visiting German contingent, lit a symbolic torch of International Brotherhood at the Abbey - almost completely destroyed in the 1944 aerial and artillery bombardment and now rebuilt. The veterans also went in pilgrimage to the Nearby British and Polish war cemeteries, and other war cemeteries in the zone.
In his message, the Pope told the Monte Cassino survivors to fight as hard now for a peace between nations respecting justice as they once did for their own countries.