Remembrance Day in Rome

Service at Commonwealth cemetery in Rome.

The annual Commonwealth Remembrance Day service takes place on Wednesday 11 November at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission cemetery, Via Nicola Zabaglia 50 in Testaccio.

The ceremony takes place at 10.45 and will be conducted by Archdeacon Jonathan Boardman of All Saints' Anglican church, assisted by clergy from the English-speaking churches in Rome, as well as those of other faiths. Afterwards there is a wreath-laying ceremony by the Commonwealth ambassadors or their representatives, starting with the embassy of Australia and ending with Zambia.

On Sunday 8 November at 10.00 there is the Remembrance Sunday Mass at the Catholic church of S. Silvestro in Capite, with the liturgy arranged by the Venerable English College in Rome. At 10.30 the same morning there will also be a Requiem of Remembrance at All Saints’ Anglican church.

There are a number of Commonwealth war graves in Italy, all administered by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Those in Rome, Anzio and Monte Cassino are among the most important.

The Rome War Cemetery was the work of architect Louis de Soissons, who designed about 50 war cemeteries throughout Italy and Greece, and it contains the graves of 426 Commonwealth service people.

Commonwealth War Graves cemetery, Via Nicola Zabaglia 50.