On November 2, the day of the Commemoration of the Dead, Pope Francis celebrated Holy Mass for all the victims of war at an Italian cemetery for American personnel killed in World War II. The pope also placed roses on the tombstones. The event was streamed live on YouTube.
The Sicily-Rome American Cemetery, dedicated in 1956, covers 77 acres, and 7,860 servicemen are buried there. In a chapel on the grounds are the names of 3,095 who were missing in action.
Most of those who are buried in the Nettuno cemetery died in the liberation of Sicily, the landings at Salerno and Anzio, and in air and naval support of these operations in 1943 and 1944.