Honouring Lanciano's Heroes

Honouring Lanciano's Heroes

Story by Emmanuela Mecca
Photos by Sophie Wiens
Edited by David Barbu

In every nation’s history, chapters are etched in collective memory, reminding us of the sacrifices made by brave individuals for the greater good. 

Twenty-three young men were killed on Oct. 6, 1943 in a revolt against Lanciano’s Nazi occupiers. Eighty years later, the community still comes together each year in a poignant tribute and parade that celebrates the 23 martyrs and the freedom that they died for. 

Standing with Lanciano

CCI students had the privilege of participating in the procession that moved along the Corso to Piazza Plebiscito.

The pride of the Lancianese citizens on that day served as an important reminder that we are all one united front.

Despite our student population coming from all regions of the world, we stood beside our Lancianese brothers and sisters in mourning. 

“It is an honour to march in the martyrs' parade because we get to be a part of something bigger than ourselves,” said Isabella Laverty, Grade 11.

“In my second year here, I really felt the impact of the parade more,” she said. “You feel like you’re a part of the community like you’re accepted, and like Lanciano was accepting our school into their city.”

A bold comment that rings true for many CCI students.

Students are beyond grateful to engage in and connect with this event that holds profound meaning for many, enabling us to truly appreciate its importance in our community.

No words can be said that will properly express our immense gratitude for Lanciano, providing us with a safe home that has given us our friends, family, memories, and cherished moments. It was sincerely our pleasure to support our family during this historic event.