US Army Replaces Birthday Cake After Squeezing One From 13-Year-Old Italian Girl 77 Years Ago | world news

The US military has replaced a birthday cake after soldiers stole one from a 13-year-old Italian girl in 1945.

Meri Mion, who turned 90, wiped away tears when she was presented with the cake at a ceremony in Vicenza, northwest of Venice.

The event marked the anniversary of the day the 88th Infantry Division fought its way into the city on April 28, 1945.

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Ms. Mion seemed genuinely surprised that American soldiers had replaced the cake 77 years later

That night, Mrs. Mion hid with her mother in the attic of her family’s farm. Retreating German soldiers had fired at the house, but when she awoke on the morning of her 13th birthday, American soldiers were nearby.

In honor of Mrs. Mion’s birthday, her mother baked a cake and let it cool on a windowsill.

But it disappeared, apparently taken by hungry American soldiers who had already been greeted by grateful Italians with bread and wine when they entered Vincenza.

“Her happiness later turned to disappointment when the resourceful American soldiers took off with her cake,” said Colonel Matthew Gomlak, commander of the US Army Garrison Italy.

Ms. Mion seemed genuinely surprised that American soldiers had replaced the cake 77 years later.

She said “mamma mia” and “grazie” as a small crowd of American commanders and Italian officials sang Happy Birthday.

Her mother had baked a cake and let it cool on a windowsill
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The cake for Mrs. Moin
A soldier handed Mrs. Mion the cake
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A soldier handed Mrs. Mion the cake

“Tomorrow we will eat that dessert while my whole family will remember this wonderful day that I will never forget,” Ms. Mion said, according to the US military.

Sergeant Peter Wallis, who handed over the dessert, said it was “a little inconvenient” to replace the stolen goods, “but I feel good about it”.

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