Italy celebrates 62nd anniversary of liberation from fascism
Yesterday was the 62nd time Italians celebrated their freedom from brutal fascist dictator Benito Mussolini. The national holiday is often greeted with a mixture of festivities and protest of current regimes frustrating its citizens.
The day that's just as important but is a little more buried in the annals of history? April 28, 1945, three days after the liberation and the day that Mussolini and his mistress were caught by communists and shot. The next day, their bodies were strung up on meat hooks in Piazzele Loreto in Milan as a demonstration to other fascists that their leader was dead.
Brutality begetting brutality?! The things history can teach us...
Italian President Giorgio Napolitano, marking the 62nd anniversary of Italy's liberation from Fascism, said on Wednesday the celebration is for all Italians, local media reported.
A postwar tradition has always seen April 25, 1945, as the moment when a divided Italy rallied behind Resistance leaders to raise the country from the ashes and recover its patriotic honor.