The morning started off very early (much too early for me) because Les was driving a bus from base. We arrived in Gela early as is usual for military functions so I had time to wander a bit before the actual ceremonies started.
|Italian flag garlands decorated the square and nearby streets|
|Italians learn to ride Vespas early in life|
|The massive doors at the front of the Duomo in Gela|
The first ceremony of the day was Mass held in a small church just off of the square. It was a lovely building with the most uncomfortable pews I've ever sat in! :) The mass was conducted by a Cardinal, which, even though I'm not Catholic, I think is a big deal.
|If anyone reading this knows what this uniform is for I'd love to know!|
The American portion of the ceremony was held outdoors in the square in Gela. During this portion of the ceremony all of the names of the men who died at Ponte Dirillo were read in a roll call.
|Mr. Gousman - brother to one of the fallen at Ponte Dirillo|
|Les played Taps after the names of the fallen were read|
|After the ceremony there was a parade to lay a wreath at a plaque the next street over|
|Les playing Taps at the Ponte Dirillo site with Parachutes billowing in the background|