On the occasion of the celebration of the feast of the Armed Forces, Ambassador Mario Vattani underlined the importance of the recent decision to send a defense officer to Singapore, Com. Armando Simi. “The opening of a military office in our Embassy, just over a year ago, was an important choice”, said Vattani, “which testifies to both the special attention that Italy dedicates to this region of the world, and the fact that the foreign and defense administrations know how to work effectively together, side by side, in support of our political and economic interests ”.
On November 4, the anniversary of the battle of Vittorio Veneto in 1918 is celebrated, when Italy successfully concluded its participation in the First World War. “In those trenches” Vattani said in a video message addressed to the Italian community in Singapore, “young people from all over the peninsula met, but also thousands of Italians who emigrated or born abroad, who had returned to their homeland to do what they believed was their duty, a sacrifice dedicated to the future of their nation. “
For this reason, according to the Ambassador, remembering these circumstances also has an important significance in Singapore. “Singapore is a relatively young country – said Vattani. but which achieved its independence not without sacrifices, managing to make very different cultures and identities work with each other to create a new nation together. It is a story ”concluded the diplomat,“ which can be an inspiration for all of us ”.
Commander Simi, defense officer in Singapore, recalled that this year marks the centenary of the transfer of the body of the Unknown Soldier. “November 4” explained the Commander, “represents the affirmation of the values of national unity, founded on freedom and democracy of which the Armed Forces represent the bulwark and today, a hundred years later, this anniversary unites Italy. whole in memory of the thousands of fallen who gave their lives for their homeland. The figure of the Unknown Soldier must be an example for all of us and for future generations. “
Simi also reserved a special greeting to the Singaporeans. “I take this opportunity, said the Commander in English,” to greet today our colleagues and friends of the Armed Forces of Singapore, with whom we share the same principles and ideals of democracy, peace, progress, justice and equality, foundations of our respective Armed Forces. “
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