The US Army returns a cake to an Italian woman for her 90th birthday 2022-04-28 11:10:45

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ROME (AFP) – With a round of “Happy Birthday” in Italian and English, the US military toasted an Italian woman with a birthday cake Thursday to replace the one eaten by US soldiers as they entered her hometown during one of the final battles of World War II.

Meri Myon, who will celebrate her 90th birthday on Friday, wiped her tears when she served her cake during a party in Vicenza, northwest of Venice. This event marked the anniversary of the day the 88th Infantry Division made its way into the city on April 28, 1945.

According to the US Army, Mion spent that night with her mother hiding in the attic of their farm in the nearby village of San Pietro in Joe. The retreating German soldiers had fired upon the house, but when Myon awoke on the morning of her thirteenth birthday, American soldiers were nearby.

In a statement, the US Army Garrison in Italy said Myon’s mother had baked her a birthday cake and left it on a windowsill to cool. But it has disappeared—apparently by hungry American soldiers already honored by grateful Italians with wine and bread as they entered Vicenza along its main road.

Myon seemed really surprised that American soldiers brought back the cake after 77 years. Mamma Mia and Grazie were stunned when a small crowd including American leaders and Italian officials sang “Happy Birthday.”

“Tomorrow, we will eat that dessert, with all my family remembering this wonderful day that I will never forget,” Mion said, according to the U.S. Army.

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