🇮🇹🇺🇸 Viva l’Italia!

Italy’s National Day and the 71st Anniversary of the Republic were celebrated in Washington DC and across the United States.

During the celebrations held at the Embassy of Italy in US, Ambassador Armando Varricchio recalled the “values of freedom, democracy and human rights” that are the tenets of the Italian Republic and of Italy’s friendship and alliance with the United States of America.

Italy — he also underlined — is at the forefront in providing security worldwide. Italian troops are engaged across the globe: from Afghanistan to the Balkans, from Iraq to Lebanon, from the Mediterranean Sea to the Indian Ocean.

Ambassador Varricchio also delivered a message expressing heart-felt wishes to fellow Italians living in the U.S. and to all our Italian-American friends, highlighting their precious contribution to the political, economic and cultural life of all 50 States.

He underlined how Italian professionalism, creativity, culture and language are highly appreciated.

Each and every trip I took across this marvelous country has rooted even further this conviction, as I had the honor to listen to you and to your stories of leadership and success. Your energy and vitality are the tenets of the relation between our two countries, a unique asset on which to build an even more profound bond.

Official celebrations were held in Rome presided over by Italian President Sergio Mattarella, marked by the wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Piazza Venezia and the traditional military parade along Via dei Fori Imperiali, with the participation of thousands of members of the army, navy, police forces and the forestry corp.

Furthermore, the White House hosted together with the National Italian American Foundation (NIAF), a celebration of the Italian National Day in the Roosevelt Room at the presence of White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and many more American friends proud of their Italian origins.

In a message to the people of Italy and to the Italian-American community, the President of the United States Donald Trump delivered his warmest wishes, recalling the deep bonds between our countries, our shared history and our common political and cultural traditions.

Our military alliance — he also emphasized — is stronger than ever as we continue to fight against terrorism. We look forward to a continued partnership with our great ally in our joint effort to make the world safer.

President Trump also expressed his congratulations in a letter addressed to Italian President Sergio Mattarella, with a special mention to the “breadth and importance of Italy’s global leadership.”

In his message for the Italian National Day published by the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson evoked our “deep and enduring friendship, founded on mutual respect, trust, and affection.”

Celebrations were held across the United States at the Italian Consulate Generals and at numerous organizations and associations close to Italy, the Italian people, and to our Italian-American friends.

Viva l’Italia. Viva gli Stati Uniti.

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