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Soldiers Took Away a Woman’s Birthday Cake In World War II, They Now Replace 77 Years Later in Heartwarming Ceremony

By Andrew Alpin, 31 July

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Have you ever wondered how it would feel to have your birthday cake stolen? This happened to Meri Mion, who experienced this incident on her 13th birthday. At the time, WWII was raging on, and she happened to be an Italian resident. You can only imagine having to live through the horrors of war but also having your cake stolen by soldiers who were sent to liberate the place? Hearing this story, the U.S. Army Garrison stationed in Italy decided to make it up to her by presenting a whole new cake for her 90th birthday.

Meri Mion is the girl whose birthday cake got stolen by soldiers in Italy

Meri Mion, who was 13, had to go through the horrors of a war fought by men who thought they were gods. On top of that, her birthday cake was taken right off the window sill where it was cooling. The fact that it was taken by soldiers who freed her town of San Pietro, in Gù, a small commune in north-eastern Italy located in the Province of Padua, Italy, did make it a little easier to deal with. Still, it was one birthday that she would remember as the one where soldiers stole her birthday cake.

Meri Mion is the girl whose birthday cake got stolen by soldiers in Italy

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The battle concluded on the day of her 13th birthday

At least 19 soldiers were killed or hurt on April 29, 1945. A report on the U.S. Army’s website states that- “Infantry Division Soldiers battled German defenders. Several U.S. tanks were destroyed and at least 19 U.S. Soldiers were killed or wounded. Other Americans, from the 91st Infantry Division, drove north from the Riviera Berica into the city. Later, they paraded through Corso Palladio, Vicenza’s famous thoroughfare, where Italians offered them bread and wine.”

The battle concluded on the day of her 13th birthday

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Mion and her mother were hiding during the battle as German soldiers fled

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Mion and her mother hid from German soldiers in the attic of her Northern Italian farmhouse. The next day, when she came out of hiding, her mom baked her a birthday cake to celebrate her 13th birthday and put it on the windowsill to cool down.

Mion and her mother were hiding during the battle as German soldiers fled

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