Soldiers from the U.S. Army garrison in Italy helped celebrate an Italian woman's 90th birthday on Thursday by giving her a cake to replace the one eaten by American servicemen during the closing days of World War II.
Meri Mion will celebrate her 90th birthday on Friday and got teary-eyed when soldiers presented her with a cake 77 years in the making, according to a report.
Mion was given a ceremony northwest of Venice in Vicenza on the anniversary of the battle for the city, which took place on about April 28, 1945, the report noted.
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Throughout the night, a young Mion hid with her mother in the attic of their farm as German soldiers fired on the house, the Army said.
The next morning was her 13th birthday, and she awoke to find that the birthday cake her mother had baked was missing.
The cake had been let on the windowsill to cool and was taken by American soldiers looking for a treat, the Army said.
Servicemen had been welcomed by the Italians with food and wine as they entered Vicenza's main thoroughfare, according to the report.
Mion was grateful to see the cake "returned" almost eight decades later.
"Mama mia," she exclaimed. "Grazie."
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"Tomorrow, we will eat that dessert, with all my family remembering this wonderful day that I will never forget," Mion said.