Agira Canadian War Cemetery

Agira Canadian War Cemetery

Agira Canadian War Cemetery

Agira Canadian War Cemetery
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Harry J
Williams Lake, Canada15 contributions
Very Beautiful Tribute To Canadian War Heros
May 2019
The most beautiful setting for a Canadian War cemetery, very emotional spot, well-maintained and scenic.
Written June 12, 2019
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Paul W
Nova Scotia, Canada18 contributions
Beautiful and peaceful location
Mar 2019
This cemetery, where the majority of Canadian dead from the WWII Sicily campaign are buried, is well worth a visit, to honour those who gave their lives for our freedom today.
Written March 24, 2019
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aircooled5
Toronto, Canada36 contributions
A must see visit to appreciate the sacrifice of our men in WW2
Mar 2019
Although none of my family were involved in the July 1943 Operation Husky Allied invasion in Sicily, I was aware of the extreme conditions that the Canadian Regiments faced there. We were staying in Sicily for a month so intended on seeing the Canadian War Cemetery at Agira. Nearly 400 men are buried there following the assault on a number of well defended hill towns in the area south of Mt.Etna. The cemetery is located near the town of Agira and on a hill overlooking a lake. A magnificent setting. I had never visited a military cemetery and I have to say I had a lump in my throat looking at all the marble grave stones with names of men from all over Canada. Most of them were in their early to mid 20's and one was aged 17. Interestingly the property was donated by the Italian gov't to honour the soldiers who lost their lives fighting in that area. The visitors guest book contained names from all over Canada and even a number of local Italian names from nearby towns. The cemetery is very well maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. I was proud to honour their sacrifice by paying a visit to this graveyard far from Canada. It's not hard to find this cemetery if you are driving. Type in Canadian War Cemetery Agira in google maps and you'll get the directions. About an hour and a bit from Syracuse and little less from Catania. There is also a British Commonwealth Cemetery near Catania. Highly recommend this visit.
Written March 22, 2019
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BobbyBoogie
Waterloo, Ontario49 contributions
Paying our respect to our parent's generation
Oct 2018 • Friends
Agira is a modest drive from the A19 between Catania and Enna, and Palermo beyond. The Cemetery is located near the base of the Mountain on which Agira stands, on the east side. It is a most beautiful location, (hard to imagine a better place).
Written October 27, 2018
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SFL201
Ottawa, Canada23 contributions
For Robert Lorimer
Sep 2018
We were supposed to be with D. Bruce Lorimer, Robert’s older brother, but he passed away in July. Instead six of us, including Bruce’s 2 children went to view the gravesite of an uncle who served in the seaforth Highlsnders and died on August 5th, 1943, under the eye of Winston Churchill watching from a nearby village. Robert was so young and as we walked the cemetary, he was probably an average age. The site is lovely and well-kept. If it does not bring tears to your eyes or a lump in your throat, I cannot think what will.
Written October 5, 2018
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David L
3 contributions
Sobering...
Jun 2018 • Solo
On our visit to Siciliy my adult son and I, as Canadians, made a point of going to the Canadian War Cementary in Agira. It is a beautiful spot overlooking a lake with Mount Etna in the background. In the world of "me" we find ourselves living in, a place like this should cause anyone, but especially Canadians who find their way here while travelling in Sicily, to appreciate the selfless sacrifice of so many people my sons age or younger who died so we could live in the country and the world we are blessed to enjoy. It is also a message to us all that there is a price to be paid for allowing tyrants to run amock. Those who do not study history...
Written June 22, 2018
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mugisele
Canada25 contributions
Tragic
Feb 2018 • Couples
So many young Canadian men died in Sicily and this cemetery rightly honors them. War is devastating and I hope we learn from it. May we promote peace instead of conflict.
Written March 7, 2018
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CJeremyL
Shaftesbury, UK1,012 contributions
Back Again
Oct 2017 • Friends
I have been visiting Sicily with various parties over the years and the biggest wow is regularly reserved for the siting of this cemetery. A Border terrier and a Lab greeted us this last time obviously used to picking up tit bits. Avoid feeding them I suggest as they have taken to nibbling at your heels!
Written October 9, 2017
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NorthWestLulu
north west186 contributions
Very moving and unexpected.
Mar 2016 • Couples
We found this place by accident after taking a detour off the motorway. We stopped for a coffee in the ancient hill town of Agira ( watch your wing mirrors) and saw the sign. My travelling companion was Canadian so we just had to go and it was worth the trip. The perfectly manicured cemetery seems out of place among the chaos of Southern Italy and it was very moving to read the history of nearly five hundred mainly young men who lost their lives in World War 2. The cemetery is in a beautiful mountain location overlooking a lake.
Written April 7, 2016
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rdr49
London, Canada99 contributions
Glad we went
Mar 2016 • Couples
"The Hills of Sicily. Everywhere ruined castles remind us that, for thousands of years, invaders have visited terrible violence on this beautiful land, but, beneath this castle at Agira, is a lonely cemetery, a reminder of a bloody struggle of our time. Towards twilight, the birds always gather here but the graves themselves are rarely visited. This is Agira Canadian War Cemetery in Sicily, and it contains the graves of more than 500 Canadians killed in the Sicilian Campaign. "

Ever since I heard those words on Norm Christie's "The Forgotten Army", I've wanted to go to Agira to pay my respects. My wife and I finally made the side trip here after a guided tour of the island that ended in Catania.

We were able to hire a "bandit taxi" at a cost of € 115 for the round trip from Catania. (Prices quoted for more legitimate transportation ranged from €210 to € 250. The trip can be made by local bus service as well, at a fraction of the cost, but with less convenience.)

The cemetery is located in a beautiful spot across the crest of a hill, with the hilltop village of Agira to the west, and Mt. Etna well to the east. The documentary was right – the cemetery is little visited. The visitor book entries were not recent and not many were Canadian. A surprising number of Italians seem to visit.

The brief inscriptions allowed to families at the bottom of the grave markers are especially poignant.

My thanks to earlier reviewers here who provided further encouragement to make this trip. It was well worth the effort and I have a sense of satisfaction after making the journey.
Written March 10, 2016
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