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Italian Armed Forces Day and National Unity Day celebrations



Italian Armed Forces Day and National Unity Day celebrations

Washington DC, November 2, 2018 – Yesterday the Embassy of Italy celebrated Armed Forces and National Unity Day on the hundredth anniversary of the end of WWI, that in Italy was November 4, 1918. The event highlighted the strong connection between Italy and the United States and the crucial contribution the Italian Armed Forces to international security.

The celebration was opened by General Stefano Cont, Defence Attaché at the Embassy of Italy, who remembered the excellent collaboration with the US. General Cont also mentioned how Italian Armed Forces are highly respected in the many countries around the world where they are deployed, from Gibuti to Afghanistan, from Iraq to Lebanon, from Kosovo to Somalia.

At the outset, Ambassador Varricchio expressed his most sincere solidarity to the US for the recent Pittsburgh massacre and unmistakably condemned racism, hatred, and xenophobia. "The protection of human rights - underlined the Ambassador - is a principle that has always guided the foreign policy action of the Italian government as demonstrated by the recent election of Italy to the Human Rights Council in Geneva". Human rights, freedom and democracy are the cornerstones of the strategic relationship with the United States, under which we act together in many fields: from the economy to research, from technology to security, from space to international security.

"The United States and Italy - continued Varricchio - in the framework of the Atlantic Alliance and in the context of international missions, work together in numerous crisis areas in the pursuit of a common vision for a future of peace, stability and prosperity".

Ambassador Varricchio also mentioned the excellent state of collaboration in the defense industry. "The Italian companies - emphasized the Ambassador – are supplying equipment, armaments, vehicles, airplanes, helicopters and ships to the American Armed Forces, a testament to our excellence, technology and the quality of Italian products".

In closing, the Ambassador addressed in Italian the many fellow citizens present, remembering how the Armed Forces Day and National Unity Day "is an opportunity to share the pride of being Italian, the love for our country and for our flag ".

In Washington, the celebrations related to the Armed Forces Day will continue on Sunday, November 4 with a mass in honor of the fallen and the laying of a wreath at the monument to the Unknown Soldier in the cemetery of Arlington.