The Tricolor Arrows have overflown the altar of the Fatherland in Rome, thus opening officially the celebrations for the 70th anniversary of the Italian Republic. President Sergio Mattarella has laid a wreath on the tomb of the unknown soldier, whereas Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, Minister of Defense Roberta Pinotti, President of the Chamber Laura Boldrini, President of the Senate Pietro Grasso, Chief of the Police Franco Gabrielli, commissioner of Rome Francesco Paolo Trim, and Carabinieri commanding general Tullio Del Sette waited for him at the foot of the stairs of the Altar of the Fatherland.
This morning, Mattarella has sent a message to the Chief of Defense, General Claudio Graziano, in which the president focused on the deep meaning of this day, an opportunity to revive “June 2, 1946, with the institutional referendum, first expression of vote by universal suffrage on a national scale, Italian men and women chose the Republic.” Mattarella reads this choice in the light of the founding values of our democracy, the values of freedom, justice, equality between men and respect for the rights of every individual and of peoples who are “still the foundation of the cohesion of our society and the pillars on which the construction of Europe rests today. Sharing them gives birth to the contribution Italy offers with enthusiasm, conviction, and generosity to the peaceful coexistence of peoples and to the development of the international community”.
Yesterday, in an interview with the Italian daily ‘‘Corriere della Sera’’, President Mattarella had already expressed his deep trust in his country: “my meetings at the Quirinale Palace and around the country confirmed a feeling I had had for a long time: that is, that Italy, as a whole, is much better than its people think it is. Everywhere, on every levels, there are people who are highly committed to the affirmation of legality and of a sense of the State; others are concretely involved in solidarity, showing their constant altruism; other people excel in all fields, from culture to science, to business, despite the shortage of funds or difficulties exacerbated by the recent economic crisis. There are great human resources: Italy, which has to guarantee everyone the chance to express themselves in an adequate way, is a truly great country.”
This year, during the traditional military parade in the center of the capital, the mayors of over four hundred Italian municipalities will parade for the first time, a novelty that confirms a collaborative process between the military world and civil society. In the words of the minister of Defense, Roberta Pinotti, it “contributes to the recovery and growth of Italy”. It is a new tradition which symbolizes – as many people have pointed out – that June 2 is “everyone’s feast”, not only of the Armed Forces.