4 November, Mattarella: “Grateful to the Armed Forces, support for the institutions and peace”

The Head of State together with the Minister of Defense paid homage to the unknown soldier

“The Italian Army, the Navy, the Air Force, the Carabinieri and the Guardia di Finanza they support the safeguarding of our free institutions and Italy’s vocation to live in peaceoffering a response of harmony and reliability in the defense of the rights of every citizen”. Thus today 4 November 2023 the President of the Republic, Sergio Mattarella, in the message sent to the Minister of Defense, Guido Crosetto, on the occasion of the National Unity Day and Armed Forces Day.

“It is a feeling – continues the Head of State – which is expressed and multiplied with the valuable contribution that the Armed Forces provide to the missions of the United Nations, the European Union and NATO, making available, upon mandate from Parliament and of the Government, the competence and dedication of the Italian military. The international context in which the Republic deploys its action makes their contribution more precious than ever.”

“The basis of the commitment of members of the Armed Forces is the oath taken to the flag, to the Republic and to the principles of the Constitution, to fulfill the public functions entrusted to each with discipline and honor. Soldiers, sailors, airmen, carabinieri, financiers and civilian defense personnel, your daily work – concludes Mattarella – is essential for the safe and peaceful future of our community and the broader international community. The Republic is grateful to you.”

The tribute to the Unknown Soldier

The President of the Republic accompanied by the Minister of Defense, Guido Crosetto, together with the highest civil and military officials, paid homage to the Unknown Soldier at the Altare della Patria, on the occasion of National Unity Day – Armed Forces Day. The Head of State laid a laurel wreath, then, after the execution of the Silence, the ceremony concluded with the passing of the Frecce tricolori.