Memorial events were held in Edinburgh to mark the anniversary of the end of the Italian campaign in WW2

There was a memorial event at 2pm in Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh at the Wojtek the bear monument. Polish scouts sang Czerwone maki na Monte Cassino (Red poppies on Monte Cassino), Aileen Orr (Author of Wojtek the Bear) gave a short history about Wojtek and other speakers included Łukasz Lutostański, the Polish Consul General for Scotland. Ewa Daly from our society also contributed with a tribute to Ludwik Jaszczur, a Polish soldier from WW2 who sadly died earlier this year.

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Ewa Daly speaking at Wojtek the Bear monument

 

The event was followed by a service at St Cuthberts church. 

There was also a Monte Cassino Service of Remembrance & Dedication of Memorial Bench at St Columba's church in the north of Edinburgh. The bench was donated to the church by The Monte Cassino Society. The church already has a relic from the Italian campaign. In 1952 the then minister of Blackhall St Columba's brought to his new charge a cross made at the battle of Monte Cassino, which took place between January and May 1944 in Italy, where he had served as a military chaplain. Today, the current minister, Rev Fergus Cook, is keen to keep the link between his church and Monte Cassino and now holds an annual service of remembrance.

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