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The official Government of Canada delegation attended the unveiling of a commemorative plaque at Palazzo San Giacomo in Russi, Italy

December 3, 2019

On December 3, 2019 the Government of Canada delegation attended the unveiling of a commemorative plaque at Palazzo San Giacomo in Russi, Italy. Members of the delegation also visited a plaque honouring Private Smokey Smith, VC, in Cesena, Italy. The Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, was in attendance for both events.

Palazzo San Giacomo was built in the second half of the 17th century, on the Raffanara estate near the Lamone River. During the Second World War, the building was used by the Germans as their headquarters and later by the Canadians due to its location, height and sturdiness. In the winter of 1944-45, part of the building was used as a hospital. On the wall of a room on the third floor of the right-hand tower, there are engravings made by Canadian soldiers in the second half of December 1944. Among others, we can admire an engraving of the map of Canada.

A plaque will be unveiled on the grounds of the building in memory of the Canadian soldiers who served during the Italian Campaign.

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