Moro River Canadian War Cemetery

Moro River Canadian War Cemetery, Ortona

Moro River Canadian War Cemetery

Moro River Canadian War Cemetery
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Stettler9 contributions
Sep 2019
We stopped to look up the grave of my dad’s first Cousin who was killed in the Battle of Ortona on Dec 20, 1943. I remembered him stopping off at our farm before he left for Europe. It was a very peaceful place, so well maintained, with a shelter containing a record of everyone buried there and a guest book for every visitor to sign. So many young Canadians gave their lives for us. Didn’t come up on our GPS but we were able to locate it with the help of locals.
Written January 7, 2020
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justjo008
Northeastern Ontario, Canada577 contributions
Feb 2016 • Couples
My husband and I had the great pleasure and honour of visiting the Moro River Canadian War Cemetery in San Donato, Ortona, Italy just last week. To say we were overwhelmed would be an absolute understatement.

Admittedly we had some challenges finding the cemetery as we are not familiar with driving in Italy or programming the GPS in a car rental but eventually we made it. As we pulled into the driveway of the Cemetery, I could feel the emotion coming from my hubby.

We had come to the Cemetery to visit the grave of my husband's Uncle who died in the Battle of Moro River during WW2. No other family member has ever made it to the grave. As my husband stood beside the car putting on his uniform (he served 35 years in the military), a man and woman approached us. Through their broken English and our broken Italian we determined that the man, Francesco Lucifora, is the caretaker for the Cemetery and has been for the past 36 years! Hubby had a photo of his Uncle's grave and when he showed Francesco the photo and hubby's name tag on his uniform, Francesco immediately took us to the grave.

I'm sure anyone reading this can appreciate how emotional it was for my husband to visit the grave of his deceased Uncle. Francesco and his wife gave us time to ourselves at the grave and then met with us later at his office.

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission should be very proud of this cemetery. It is so obvious the love and passion that Mr. Lucifora has for his job as caretaker of this cemetery. Hubby and I have both visited several military cemeteries and this one was by far one of the nicest and well kept we've seen. The grass is impeccably cut, the flower beds are trimmed with such precision you would think they were hand cut. The trees and shrubbery are all very well maintained.

Mr. Lucifora and his wife were at the cemetery on their own time, he was not working that particular day, yet he took the time to show us around and provide us with information related to the cemetery. We will take the time to write to the Commission to let them know how Mr. Lucifora went above and beyond his duty but we wanted to put it in writing here too.

When we first talked about making this visit, we expected to spend about 30-45 minutes at the cemetery but we ended up staying for almost 2 hours.

The graves of the 1,400 soldiers buried in this cemetery have not been forgotten and are very well cared for.

THANK YOU!
Written March 3, 2016
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Petalindy
Maple Ridge, Canada39 contributions
Jun 2018 • Couples
We went there to visit the grave of an uncle who had died in the Battle of Ortona. It is beautifully kept, with manicured green lawns and gorgeous flowers, which were in bloom when we were there. The smell of the mock orange was heavenly. My grandparents are long dead, but I feel certain they would be happy knowing their son was there.
Written August 26, 2018
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Mike F
Parksville, Canada69 contributions
Jun 2017 • Couples
I am in my late 60's and was choking back the tears. Lest we forget. My wife met her uncle for the first time.
Written June 8, 2017
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LifeQuester
western Canada35 contributions
May 2017 • Couples
The Moro River Canadian War Cemetery is a very beautiful immaculately maintained War Cemetery. There is a Cemetery registry and it is not difficult to find the grave location of a particular grave( also check out the Canadian virtual war memorial site). We found our relatives' grave quickly and were very moved to be able to pay our respects to a young soldier who gave his life on his first tour of Italy in 1943.
During our 24 hour stay in Ortona, Italy we were thanked by many Italians for Canada's part in defending Italy during the world war.
We, in turn, thanked them for keeping the memory alive of our brave soldiers!
Written May 26, 2017
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bellaann2015
Cobourg, Canada12 contributions
Oct 2016 • Family
This is a beautifully kept cemetery. Every grave stone was in perfect alignment, every blade of grass the perfect height. We met the caretaker, Francesco, and he was very nice to us. He took great pride in his work. It was so calm and peaceful there. What a beautiful resting place for our fallen heroes.
Written October 15, 2016
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IrisBowdery
Shelburne, Canada21 contributions
Jun 2015
A very beautiful place. The caretakers take great care of the cemetery. So any Canadian buried here.
Written May 14, 2016
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Shaun P
Toronto, Canada188 contributions
Jul 2017 • Family
If you are Ortona, you must vist the Moro Rivier Canadian War Cemetery. Like every Commonwealth cemetery, it is beautifully maintained and a fitting tribute to the 1615 soldiers (mostly Canadian) that are buried here.

This is a good place to sit and reflect on the sacrifices of those who died pushing the Nazis out of Germany in the winter campaign of 1943-1944. Google "Battle of Ortona" if you are not aware of the history, and the remarkable accomplishments of the Canadian 1st Infantry Division.
Written July 19, 2017
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Nancy C
Montreal, Canada18 contributions
Aug 2016 • Family
Our visit to the Moro River Canadian War Cemetery was a unique experience as my great-uncle Achille Mazerolle, who died during "The Gully" battle on December 13th, 1943, rests there. He was only 20 yrs old. As a family member, I was particularly touched by how the place is well kept and by the many Italians who were there to pay respect to our fallen soldiers. In the surroundings of the cemetery, there are some memorials that helped us follow the battle path of our Canadian soldiers from San Apolinare, to Casa Berardi, to cider crossroads up to the Ortona battle. We are still quite moved by our visit. This was a great experience!
Written September 3, 2016
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Joseph G
Montreal, Canada4,401 contributions
Jul 2019
Beautifully maintained, this cemetery is a touching place to reflect on the sacrifice of those buried here (of the 1,615 graves 1,375 are Canadian) and that lost their lives fighting for a better world at Moro River and Ortona during World War II in late 1943.
The place is permanently open and may be visited anytime.
A must visit if you are in the area.
Written August 20, 2019
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