A 1,020km memorial run from Budapest to Kobarid, in western Slovenia, will pay tribute to soldiers who died in the First World War.
Defence Minister István Simicskó will give a speech to participants setting out from Heroes’ Square in Budapest on Wednesday. The run will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the battle of Caporetto, in which Austro-Hungarian troops, backed by German units, broke through the Italian front line.
Ernest Hemingway, in A Farewell to Arms, famously depicted the Italian retreat.
The run’s participants, including military secondary school students, army staff and reserves, will cross some 82 towns and villages in Hungary. They are expected to arrive in Kobarid on October 24, the defence ministry said in a statement.
At the various stops on the way, the runners will be joined by local residents, representatives of civil organisations, and students.
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