On May 30, 1868, the first official Decoration Day was declared by General John A. Logan and observed at Arlington National Cemetery. Volunteers decorated the graves of more than 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers. Following World War II, Decoration Day was expanded and renamed Memorial Day to honor all Americans who died in military service. Th...

“America - Land of the Free, Home of The Brave,” means something to each individual who lives in America. To me, this statement hits closer to home, because of the long history of veterans in my family. My family’s journey started in Italy and ends in America. As immigrants, America was a place to be free and was considered a land of opportunity. M...

Every year, Americans around the world pause on the fourth Monday in May to remember all those who have fallen while serving in the U.S. military. This day of remembrance was formally known as Decoration Day, as it grew from the longstanding tradition of adorning with flags and flowers the graves of those who died in battle.  These observances gai...

With Memorial Day weekend just days away, Caffe Luna Rosa in Delray Beach will once again have a table set-up but empty – a Missing Man Table – in tribute to servicemen and servicewomen who were never able to return home. The table will include a folded flag, a Bible, a lit candle, a flower, and a plate with a slice of lemon and salt. This special...

Although Memorial Day has passed, the actual memorials of many Italian Americans who bravely served our country proudly stand day-after-day in various places throughout the United States. The photos in this post depict most of the memorials that I have encountered in various Italian neighborhoods in the United States over the last several years of...

Memorial day al cimitero dei Falciani. Una cerimonia toccante per i caduti americani della seconda guerra mondiale. Erano presenti l’Ambasciatore Usa in Italia, Lewis M. Eisenberg, il comandante dell'Istituto di scienze militari aeronautiche, generale Stefano Fort e il vicecomandante generale della Guardia Nazionale dell'Esercito Americano in Europ...

“Outta’ My Mind on a Monday Moanin’”  Along the Po River, bound for Chioggia, Italy. With over 60 of our WJR Travel Club Members, (some making a first stop in Rome, then meeting up with the rest of us for a couple days in Florence) all headed to Venice to catch our Uniworld River Cruise: “Venice & the Gems of Northern Italy.” We quickly learned jus...

Memorial Day is approaching once again, and this year it brings a special interview, for me. As some of you know, one of the reasons I'm so in love with and grateful to the United States is that during WW2 my father, Teodoro "Rino" Mucci, was saved by the American soldiers of the Fifth Army, in the Northern part of Italy. He certainly would have be...