Today, Italy and the diplomatic consular network celebrate the National Flag Day, being the 224th anniversary of the first Tricolour Flag.
Following is the Declaration of the President of the Republic, Sergio Mattarella:
“Today marks the 224th anniversary of the National Flag Day, the patriotic symbol that is dearest to all Italians.
During these long months, which have been so difficult for Italy and for the entire world, we have felt so much emotion in seeing so many national flags displayed in windows and on balconies and houses the length and breadth of the country. A renewed emotion when the National Aerobatic Team painted the skies of our cities with the colours of the Italian flag and when we saw the major buildings and monuments of the Republic lighted up in green, white and red. The Tricolour, as perhaps never before so intensely, has effectively represented our identity, the feeling of togetherness of a people that wants to look ahead, without forgetting the suffering caused by the pandemic, but with the will to rise up again.
The Flag, an expression of our history, embodies today the high values enshrined in our Constitution: unity, freedom, democracy, solidarity.
From the Risorgimento to the most tragic and exciting moments of our national progress, the Tricolour has always inspired hope and confidence and driven Italians to find the necessary strength to rise up again, together with all the peoples who have chosen to create the European Union and the international community to which we belong, because only if we are united we will be able to overcome adversity.
Long live the Tricolor, long live the Republic”.