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The US Army returns cake to Italian Meri Mion for her 90th birthday

ROME – With a round of “Happy Birthday” in Italian and English, the US Army on Thursday toasted an Italian woman with a birthday cake to replace the cake that US soldiers ate when they invaded her hometown during one of the final battles of the world war II.

Meri Mion, who turns 90 on Friday, wiped away tears as she was presented with the cake during 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.

According to the US Army, Mion spent that night hiding with her mother in the attic of their farm in the nearby village of San Pietro in G. Retreating German soldiers had fired on the house, but when Mion woke up on the morning of her 13th birthday, American soldiers were near.

In a statement, US Army Garrison Italy said Mion’s mother baked her a birthday cake and left it on the windowsill to cool. But it disappeared – apparently stolen by hungry American soldiers who had already been feasted on with wine and bread by grateful Italians as they entered Vicenza along its main thoroughfare.

Mion seemed genuinely surprised that US soldiers returned the cake 77 years later. She marveled at “Mama mia” and “Grazie” as a small crowd chanted “Happy Birthday” with US commanders and Italian officials.

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

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