A truly historic military parade. Thus can be described the main event through which the “bel paese” celebrated Thursday 65 years since the founding of the Republic and 150 years of Italian unity. Tens of thousands of Italians have watched for one hour and a half, on the famous Via dei Fori Imperiali, in the historic center of the Capital, the exceptional military parade which, in fact, recollected the 150 years of history of united Italy, with everything that meant the evolution of the military and defense forces of the country through these years.
Of course, the attraction point of the events was represented by the presence in Rome, on this occasion, of more than 80 foreign delegations and 31 heads of state, many vice-presidents, prime ministers or foreign ministers, as well as the heads of important international organisations.
The list includes US vice-president Joe Biden, the King of Spain Juan Carlos, the vice-president of China Xi Jinping, the president of Argentina Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, Russian President Dmitri Medvedev, presidents of countries from Eastern Europe and the Balkans, including the Romanian head of state Traian Basescu, Israeli President Shimon Peres, Afghan President Hamid Karzai a.s.o.
The presence of such a high number of foreign delegations undoubtedly represents a success for Italian diplomacy and for the Quirinale Palace, offices of the Italian presidency. In the inspired words of President Giorgio Napolitano, “Italians can be truly proud for the recognition we receive and, especially, for the appreciation of the role played by Italy, throughout its history, by its cultural and artistic patrimony,” while also being “proud for the presence in the international life, which was able to resurrect from the ruins of fascism.”
Let us recollect that on Wednesday afternoon, President Napolitano met at Quirinale Palace the heads of several foreign delegations present in Rome, including the US vice-president, the president of Argentina, the president of China, the president of the Russian Federation, and the Secretary General of the United Nations.
After the military parade in the historic center of Rome, on Thursday evening the foreign delegations were invited to Quirinale for a concert in which the music by Vivaldi was the star, followed by a supper. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and the host, President Napolitano delivered speeches.