CCI was invited to participate in the commemoration of the 70thanniversary of the capture of Monte Cassino, a hilltop Benedictine monastery. There were four major battles fought here in 1944, lasting from January and into May. The Allies saw the deaths of 50 000 soldiers, including 855 Canadians.
Prince Harry was in attendance, paying respect to the fallen. There was also a delegation from Canada who offered our students poppies and flags.
After the ceremony, our students were fortunate enough to speak with a war veteran who had fought in Italy. We also heard from Canadian Ambassador Peter McGovern, and Military Attaché Spike Hazelton.