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2 giugno

Honor to the best ones. To men and women in uniform that have the signs of their attachment to their country on their body. Today is June 2nd, Italian Feast of Republic, in Rome there will be the traditional parade, but for the first time the Paralympics will march too.

Soldiers signed in their bodies to protect citizens. The Paralympics soldiers will be led by Giancfranco Paglia who is in a wheelchair because of the war in Mogadiscio in 1993. other men and women with him have represented the honor of Italy in international missions and in Italian cities and they also stood out during the Invictus Games in London – international games attended by soldiers who have had serious injuries during missions, they come from more than 14 nations. This is a slap to those who think a wound taken in a battle would destroy the life of the soldier in a country.

In Via dei Fori Imperiali, in Rome, there will be Colonel Alessandro Albamonte, Ten. Col. Roberto Punzo, Major Pasquale Barriera, Ten. Col. Fabio Masullo, Mar. Bonaventura Bove, Mar. Giovanni Datti, Maj. Cap. Moreno Marchetti, Maj. Monica Contrafatto, Maj. Andrea Tomasello and the First Mag. Domenico Russo and Corporal Loreto di Loreto.

These soldiers have been victims of attacks, Maj. Cap. Monica Contraffatto in Afghanistan lost her leg and during the swimming competition she found a way to show her attachment to values. Ten. Col. Roberto Punzo was wounded in Lebanon during a Unifil mission. Pasquale Barriera is in a wheelchair in Afghanistan and he is in the Italian Basket Team. This is one of the news of the program of the Italian Minister of Defense. The Paralympic squad, which was born a few months ago but is already successful and has earn 5 medals in London, will parade right after the flags.

“I speak for all the squad when I thank Minister Pinotti for this opportunity he has given us – declared Gianfranco Paglia who had received a Purple Heart – and he showed how sports can help winning battles when you throw your heart beyond the obstacle. This choice shows that it is possible to continue serving the country in different ways. I would also like to underline that June the 2nd is the Feast of the Republic and what we do is just a homage to the democratic institutions of this country. This is not the feast of military forces, which is on November 4th.

This is another sign of the attachment of the soldiers to their country. The word “Homage” is a nearly meaningless nowadays, although the whole Nation should keep it in mind when thinking about their sacrifice.

Translation provided by Mary Ann D’Costa

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