They shoot heroes, don’t they?

The White TypewriterYesterday was the third car-free Sunday in Rome this year. Since we couldn’t get out of town, we decided to go for a walk in the historic centre. We ended at the Vittorio Emmanuele Monument, otherwise known as the white typewriter. Although the kids had been complaining of tired legs, they insisted they wanted to climb up the steps.

Queue for Calipari
As we got closer we saw that there were barriers at the entrance forming an orderly channel for the stream of people trying to get inside. There were dozens of police and vigili watching over the procession up the steps.

Calipari lying in stateAt the first level is the tomb to the unknown soldier, which held the attention of most of the foreign tourists; the Italians, however, headed higher up to the left, massing at the entrance to a makeshift chapel where the body of security agent, Nicola Calipari, was lying in state.
Only minutes after successfully negotiating the release of Italian hostage, Giuliana Sgrena, Calipari died while shielding Sgrena from “friendly fire” on the way to the airport. Said Sgrena,

The most difficult moment was when I saw
the person who had saved me
die in my arms.

6 thoughts on “They shoot heroes, don’t they?”

  1. Angela: It was car free because of an official ban on private transport. The air pollution here is terrible and causes a lot of health problems.

  2. I’ve always preferred The Wedding Cake too, romanwanderer.

    As for you, Ria, a special thanks…after living in Rome some years ago and now being back in (small town) California, I’ve recently found a place to come to feel the pulse of la Citta’ Eterna whenever the spirit – or anything else – moves me. Cheers! Keep it up! (-:

  3. She also said “the Americans were really trying to kill ME” but we won’t get into that here :)

  4. Thanks. Didn’t know they had car-free Sundays there.
    We will always remember Nicola Calipari’s service, strength and selflessness right to the very end.

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