Gino Lucrezi (lucrezi@IINF01.ING.UNIVAQ.IT)
Thu, 24 Nov 1994 18:34:53 MET
All this talk about Edelweiss and its tranlsation prompted me to add a
The Edelweiss has a name in the Italian language. It is called Stella
Alpina, i.e. Alpine Star, since it only grows on the Alps, except for
a few of the mountains near my town (L'Aquila). It is really rare
(except for a few "secret" spots), and picking it up is now forbidden.
Our Rover Crew has always been called "Stelutis Alpinis" since its
foundation, which is a the title of a song (in a northern dialect)
about a patch of Edelweiss growing around the grave of an Alpine
soldier who died in WWI.
Ten years ago, on July 1994, a longtime Scouter was invested by a
boulder detaching suddenly from a rock on Monte Camicia (one of the
Edelweiss sites). He fell for about a hundred meters, before stopping.
His son and his daughter were the Troop Leaders that year, I was just
a scout then, and we were going to leave for Summer Camp two days
later (the camp was cancelled). It took a couple of days to retrieve
his body, since there was still snow (Camicia means "shirt", and this
mountain has a "shirt" of snow until early August). On the place his
body was found, we placed a frame with a picture of him and an
Edelweiss. Every year, in July, we go there and say the Holy Mass for
him. It is not a sad time. We enjoy the Mountain Wilderness he loved
so much, nearly as much as he loved Youth.
From that day, we renamed our Rover Crew "Stelutis Alpinis - Giorgio
Fogola", in his memory, and the thought of the Edelweiss and of him
have always been strongly linked since then.
Group Scout Leader
AGESCI (Asssociazione Guide E Scouts Cattolici Italiani)
Gino Lucrezi @ Universita` "V. Rivera" - L'Aquila - Italy
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