An unexpected invitation to display works from Legato at the hilltop town of Monte San Giovanni Compano on the occasion of the dedication of the bronze medal awarded for Merito Civile was particularly satisfying; it shows that the message of Legato is spreading beyond its immediate area.
Monte San Giovanni Campano was not the scene of fighting as such, but was the victim of occupation, atrocities and later bombing. The records show that 26 civilians were killed, 5 injured, one church completely destroyed, and many houses damaged by bombing.
Piccolo centro, occupato dall'esercito tedesco, partecipò con generoso slancio alla lotta di Liberazione. La popolazione, sotto posta a disagi e sofferenze subi furti, saccheggi e bombardamenti che provocarono vittime civili e danni al patrimonio abitavo.
Nobile esempio di spirito di sacrificio ed amor patrio.
1243-1944 Monte S Giovanni Campano (FR)
The stage became an impromptu, eye-level display space with make-shift supports.
The standards of neighbouring towns are on display outside the exhibition during the ceremony.
A solemn moment of remembrance.
(Thanks to Chrissy Brook for her invaluable help in mounting this exhibition - Kay).