War Memorials Honoring Crachesi
These postcards show the War Memorial Monument (Il Monumento ai Caduti) as it once stood proudly
in Craco Vecchio. The buildings shown in the background were inhabited by the following families, in the period just before the frana; from right to left:
Giuseppe Iannuzziello, Antonio LoPorchio, Francesco Vitelli, Vincenzo Rinaldi, Antonio Grossi, Giuseppina Parziale, Francesco Gallotti (this home was formerly the
church of San Giovanni), and Giuseppe Pucci. There was also a very small laneway that led from this area to the Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II. The history of Craco,
Note Storiche Sul Comune di Craco, mentions the following about the monument:
About the “civil” monument there is little to write. The War Memorial, in Craco Vecchio, was
inaugurated in 1932 with great ceremony. Today, the new monument stands in Craco Peschiera in the green of a beautiful garden.
Italy’s Armistice Day is celebrated on November 4th to commemorate the armistice signed with Austria at Villa Giusti to end WWI
warfare on the Italian front. In Craco, the priest would celebrate a special mass to remember Cracotans who had lost their life in WWI or WWII, followed by a remembrance ceremony at
the monument led by Colonel Rinaldi. The monument commemorates Cracotans who died in WWI, including both those in the Italian & US armed forces.
To view a short video clip of the War Memorial from Craco
circa 1929, click here or on the image to the left. This scene is from a
home movie that was a kind gift to the Society from Peter Benedetto.
Map (from 1939) showing the relationship of the war memorial monument to other important landmarks in the town.
The new War Memorial Monument, now located in Craco Peschiera, seen at the left. On the right, is the inscription honoring those who perished in WWI.
Even in America, those who made the ultimate sacrifice are honored. This plaque remains to this day, mounted outside of the Church of the Transfiguration on
Mott St., in New York City.
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