Ministero della Difesa

Rome 4 November 2012

November 4th - “National Unity Day” and “Armed Forces Day”

Italy celebrates today the “National Unity Day” and the “Armed Forces Day”. The President of the Italian Republic, Giorgio Napoltano, laid a laurel wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier on the Altar of the Fatherland



On November 4th Italy celebrates the “National Unity Day” and the “Armed Forces Day” in remembrance of the end of World War I.

On that day in 1918, with the entry of the Italian victorious troops into Trento and Trieste and after almost three years and a half of fighting, the "Great War" ended.
 
The national unification process, which started during the “Risorgimento”, symbolically ended. It  led to the proclamation of the Kingdom of Italy on March 17th 1861.

In order to honour the memory of the soldiers who fell in defence of the Fatherland, the President of the Italian Republic, Giorgio Napolitano, accompanied by the Minister of Defence, Giampaolo Di Paola, laid a laurel wreath this morning at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier on the Altar of the Fatherland.