Il 16 maggio 2016 la commemorazione nel centesimo anniversario della morte del Tenente Luigi Cortina

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  1. Pierluigi Lo Verde ha detto:

    Bravo Massimo, bella iniziativa, e commovente pagina di ricordi … usi le parole in maniera leggera, sorrette da un affetto sincero … non saprei pronunciarne di altrettanto belle, e per indole non parlo mai volentieri tanto.
    che dire? Il legame con Castelbuono e lo zio Luigi resta indelebile anche in chi, come me, vive altrove … la visita ai miei cari al cimitero impone di passare davanti alla sua tomba … e allora ogni volta alzo gli occhi e penso che mia nonna Nicolina, sua sorella, volle che per meta’ portassi il nome del marito e per meta’ quello del fratello morto … e penso che anche io ho fatto il sottotenente, da medico, in Friuli, molti anni dopo, così tanti che davvero mi sembrava inconcepibile che giovani di due popoli, ora amici, si uccidessero per il possesso di … di cosa? penso anche allo zio Luigi, medico anestesista ed esempio di vita, e penso anche a mia zia Maria che volle regalarmi dei libri di Medicina di un altro Luigi, medico a Firenze, che teneva gelosamente alla Mandrazza.
    Penso che siamo legati, tutti noi cugini, da una bella ed invisibile rete di affetti e valori trasmessaci nel tempo da chi e’ venuto prima di noi.ok, l’ho detto !!!!!
    ci vediamo Lunedì Pierluigi

  2. Claudia Di Giorgi ha detto:

    Complimenti Massimo, hai avuto un’idea bellissima, condivisa da tutti noi. Hai poi trovato le parole più belle, i pensieri più nobili per ricordare a tutti che grande uomo sia stato lo zio Luigi.
    Ognuno di noi, sebbene sia passato così tanto tempo dalla sua morte e nonostante non l’abbia mai conosciuto, conserva gelosamente nel proprio cuore il ricordo, divenuto ormai memoria, di un uomo “d’altri tempi”, di una perla rara che ci ha lasciato un grande insegnamento…
    Te l’ho detto più volte in questi giorni e te lo ripeto ancora… Grazie per l’impegno e la dedizione con cui hai organizzato tutto, grazie per avermi dato il “privilegio” e l’onore di conoscere meglio lo zio sia attraverso la lettura delle meravigliose lettere che ci ha lasciato, sia attraverso tutto ciò che, insieme, abbiamo ricordato…
    Condivido i pensieri di Pierluigi che mi hanno davvero emozionato e sottolineo anch’io questo legame forte che, nonostante la quotidianità e le distanze, ci unisce sempre.
    Lunedì ricorderemo tutti insieme lo zio che, sono certa, da Lassù ci guarderà felice e commosso!

  3. Agatha ha detto:

    can the article be translated to English? Luigi Cortina is a relative of mine, I am Agata Cortina , my father was Guiseppe Cortina , my Mother Concetta, Prestianni, Cortina. My brother Saro Cortina, all are deceased. If anyone speaks or write English please e mail me.

    • Domenico ha detto:

      Dear Agatha,
      I hope I could helped you 🙂
      Many regards

      May 16, 2016, the commemoration of the hundredth anniversary of the death of Lieutenant Luigi Cortina
      The May 17, 2016 marks the twentieth anniversary of the death of Lieutenant of sharpshooters Luigi Cortina.
      He was born in Castelbuono on 8 March 1893 and as a young man he had reported to his versatility and his late eclecticism. He loved to paint and Tunnel Art, was passionate about cycling and the greek-Roman wrestling. We had entered the twentieth century a few years ago, were the times of the first editions of the Milano Sanremo, Garrigou and Petit Breton. The wrestler Trieste Giovanni Raicevich was considered, then, the strongest in the world and that his idol had painted a huge portrait – almost a mural – within his country house, the Pedagni. In the same period (1911), he was born in Castelbuono Sport Club Nebrodese and he was among the most passionate animators. Having established itself in various local cycling competitions, in September 1912 he tried his hand in a race on the route Termini-Cefalu trip.

      To remind, during the fifty years of death, his friend Nzulo Cicero, Le Madonie of 15 November 1967, is the chronicle of this race that makes you realize how determined was Luigi Cortina in all things with which he meant measure.

      At the start, when he was kicked off, he went fast, put her in the head and tried to escape immediately. Soon he found himself alone, but … too lonely! Then he realized he had the wrong path and had to go back up to the first fork. Meanwhile the peloton competitors had created an advantage impossible to fill. The path on the coast would not be hard, but it was made harder by the conditions of the roads, only brecciate and displacements. He agreed to withdraw. But Louis had an iron will and decided to finish the race, at the cost to arrive last. Already he approached in Campofelice, heartened by the fact that they have reached and exceeded a few stragglers, when he dismounted by a puncture. Within a few minutes disassembles the wheel repair the tube assembling pump rotates the tire and starts again with greater vigor, to bridge the gap creatogli by adverse circumstances.

      When cuts the sprint in Cefalu, applauded by a group of friends rushed to the country to encourage him, it is already in the queue group.

      The second stretch of the race proceeds without incident and Luigi, curved on the handlebar, goes past, one at a time, many competitors. It is not an easy ride across to young people all engaged in the same order. But Luigi human machine is powerful and is led by a stout heart and a great will. Behold, now cut the finish line, earning the second place and the silver medal and demonstrating that, in less favorable conditions, no one could have contrastargli first place with a big gap on the second. He was so stubborn to the stubbornness limits.
      first place with a big gap on the second. He was so stubborn to the stubbornness limits.
      In 1913 he left for the lever and was assigned to the 11th Battalion of the Bersaglieri cyclists, first in Naples, then in Ancona. When Italy entered the war, the eleventh battalion cyclists ship Its commander is Ceccherini Santi, an old soldier and fencer, of saber silver medal team at the London Olympics in 1908. Later it would be next to D’Annunzio during the enterprise of Rijeka and, in 1922, do not miss he was able to march on Rome.s in the Karst region and Luigi was already an established non-commissioned officer.
      Participates in the Second Battle of the Isonzo, fought from July 18 to August 3, 1915, and between 20 and 21 July is the protagonist of the battle of St. Michael, where it serves as adjutant.

      In that heroic action, in which the 11th Battalion cyclists, initially a thousand, let more than half of its sharpshooters and four-fifths of his officers, Luigi Cortina to bring order to the various crossed several times those areas battutissime by the Austrian machine guns set less than two hundred meters from the Italian positions.

      The 11th Battalion cyclists arrived first on Mount St. Michael, which occupied and tenaciously maintained and it was Louis to conquer the peak (Who planted the auction of the fiery peak of Saint Michael and left her in tears? Or Castelbuono, a your son quivering, Cortina, the Bersaglieri, your glory and pride).

      Conquered the peak in the evening, the next morning the men of Ceccherini and Cortina were counterattacked by twenty times higher forces. General Cadorna wrote: “… we occupied for one night on St. Michael, but it’s easier to take it to stay there because the newly conquered the ridges, we covered it with bullets and then a counterattack brought it on ….” It was during this retreat that Louis Cortina saved the life of his commander which he wrote: “To Luigi Cortina pure hero of St. Michael, fatal upstream but glorious, I owe my life.” For this endeavor, set to become legendary, the battalion was awarded the silver medal and Luigi the commendation on the grounds “Fallen from the first overhang the adjutant of the battalion, took his place in the transmission of orders fulfilling commendably such service in difficult areas and hard beats. ” The silver medal for military valor would been recognized later, following a request to the ministry of war, Ceccherini colonel and Mr Aurelio Drago, Member of Parliament of the Kingdom for the District of Cefalu.

      Luigi Cortina is also the protagonist during the Third Battle of the Isonzo being fought from October 18 to November 4, 1915.
      In particular, the trenches of Frasche, in the area of San Martino del Carso, November 2 furious battle raged. The battalion commander was wounded and Luigi “dealt briskly for command substitution”, as we read the solemn nell’encomio that was granted, together with the promotion to lieutenant on the field to the merits of war. Due to the outbreak of a scrapnel, they were seriously injured several sharpshooters and, among these, the Castelbuono and his dear friend Andrea Mazzola. Luigi Cortina, which was really a rash, or maybe even a raving lunatic, pushed himself to the distance of 15 meters from the enemy trenches to recover the body of his friend and, under a rain of bullets, catch him fraternally in the arms and unthinkable a walkway leads to the dressing removing it from that place no later than fifteen minutes passed extermination, desolation and the end of the world.

      At the end of April 1916, he was wounded in the head on Mount Sei Busi but he would not take advantage of his convalescence that he returned to the battalion, now led by Colonel Augusto Sifola, who called him to fill the role of adjutant.
      On May 15, at all recovered from injuries and wounds still not at all healed, though discouraged by Colonel Sifola to participate in Monfalcone to dangerous operation in support of the cavalry, he would not listen to reason, he wanted to leave, and of course, she set out to battalion next to his commander, stoically. From the bridge of St. Valentine began gusts violent enemy artillery and in the woods, north of the railway station, the deadly machine guns.

      In the grove, and close to his Colonel Sifola, he was fatally shot in the head. Colonel steadied the hero that the enemy had iron off in an instant. It was taken to the Popular Schools of Monfalcone, the nearest dressing station, where doctors they found that nothing could be groped. Two days later, “while the fan purple sun closes”, Louis falls asleep in eternal sleep.

      For this his last bold action, he was awarded the silver medal for military valor with the following motivation: “Aide increased in second, beaten severely by artillery and enemy rifle fire zone, with the work his serene and energetic, coadiuvava the command to rearrange the troops and lead them to where there was raging melee. Hit by shrapnel, he died stoically “.

      To hand down to posterity the name of the brave Luigi Cortina, the companions of the weapons they erected a monument at their own care and expenses, in the War Cemetery of Popular Schools of Monfalcone, engraving on the marble epigraph:



      17 maggo 1916



      In 1925 his remains were transferred to the cemetery in Castelbuono where, in the meantime, made with stone come from Karst, the monumental tomb was built very similar, but more volume than erettagli in Monfalcone by his companions of battalion cyclists.
      Luigi Cortina was the star of sharpshooters of St. Michael, of Frasche, Monte Sei Busi, Vermegliano, Monfalcone and his heroism, his numerous acts of valor which he left trail of light such as the survivors and the children of the new Patria. The gold epaulettes for merit of war, and its lofty Heart decorations are sacred chrism of a magnificent star which arose – shone – disappeared.

      We, grandchildren and great-grandchildren all, who by his parents, his sisters and his brothers received, and pass on to our children the unfailing affection for this unknown uncle, shining example of fortitude and generosity, noble and unfortunate son of this our beloved country, Monday, May 16, 2016, with a sober and staid ceremony, to be held at the cemetery in front of the monument that houses the mortal remains, the presence of religious and military civil authorities, we will honor his memory worthily.

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  4. Nicola Di Paola ha detto:

    Grazie Massimo per lo straordinario lavoro di ricerca che ci ha restituito la vita e la storia di Zio Luigi inserendola nel contesto più ampio delle vicende di quel tempo. Avrei voluto essere con voi ma la distanza e motivi di lavoro purtroppo me lo impediscono; lo sarò con il pensiero e con l’affetto.
    Condivido parola per parola quanto scritto da Claudia e Pierluigi.
    Credo che il migliore augurio che possiamo farci è di onorare la sua memoria in ciò che ogni giorno facciamo, in famiglia, nel lavoro e in tutte le forme di impegno che viviamo.

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