Foro Italico (once Foro Mussolini) and, in the distant past, the glories of ancient Rome.
as historian Paul Baxa explained on this blog--that a left-wing militant shot and killed two members of the neo-fascist Movimento Sociale Italiano. The event, yet another tragedy of Italy's Anni di Piombo, is remembered today where it took place. A plaque names the two victims (and another who died days later in the chaos that followed).
The poster, then, commemorates an event that took place 34 years ago. But it also commemorates the Italian effort in the Great War, fought against an entrenched Austria-Hungary enemy in the northeast of Italy. One would think that the conflict would by now be long forgotten, or at least remembered in a neutral way. But the poster reveals the emotional intensity with which that war is recalled and politicized, even a century later. With the prominently featured word PRESENTE, the poster announces the military roll call, where each soldier responds to his name with "presente." There is an additional valence to this word that we discovered only recently, as we explored World War I battles sites and commemorations.