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Ottawa, 2 novembre 2015 - Festa Nazionale delle Forze Armate

Data:

03/11/2015


Ottawa, 2 novembre 2015 - Festa Nazionale delle Forze Armate

Il 2 novembre 2015 a Ottawa presso il Museo dell'Aviazione e dello Spazio si è svolta la celebrazione della Festa Nazionale delle Forze Armate, alla presenza dell’Ambasciatore d’Italia Gian Lorenzo Cornado e del Generale di Divisione Aerea Luca Goretti, Addetto per la Difesa e la Cooperazione per la Difesa. Hanno partecipato all’evento rappresentanti ad alto livello delle Autorità civili e militari del Canada, tra i quali il Capo di Stato Maggiore della Difesa, Generale Jonathan Vance. “Oggi celebriamo gli uomini e le donne che hanno sacrificato la loro vita per il nostro Paese, la nostra libertà e per creare un future di pace” – ha detto il Generale Goretti nel suo saluto introduttivo.
Nel corso del suo intervento l’Ambasciatore Cornado ha evidenziato la forte amicizia tra Italia e Canada e i profondi legami che uniscono le rispettive forze armate, fondati su un impegno comune in teatri operativi come l’Irak ed una visione condivisa su tutti i temi di politica internazionale.
L’evento ha rappresentato anche l’occasione per ricordare il contributo dei 93.000 soldati canadesi (6.000 dei quali perdettero la loro vita sul fronte) alla liberazione dell’Italia dal nazifascismo: “E’ grazie a questi coraggiosi soldati” – ha sottolineato l’Ambasciatore Cornado – “che le generazioni nate e cresciute nel dopoguerra hanno ricevuto in dono la pace,  la libertà, la sicurezza e la democrazia”.


Test dell'intervento dell'Ambasciatore Cornado:

DISCORSO FESTA DELLE FORZE ARMATE - 2 NOVEMBRE 2015
Dear Ambassadors and Defense Attaches, Dear Members of  Parliament, Dear General Jonathan Vance,  Dear Members of the Canadian Armed Forces, Ladies and Gentlemen,  
my special thanks to all of you for being with us tonight at the wonderful Space and Aviation Museum on the occasion of the Italian Armed Forces Day!  Your presence proves your friendship towards my Country, as well as your tribute for the women and men who have fallen, or been wounded, in the line of duty, and for their families.
By being here, you are also honoring those who serve today with commitment and dedication.
For the past decades thousands of Italians and Canadians have earned enormous respect – at home and abroad – by answering the call to bring peace around the world in many international military operations.
It is thanks to these military - allow me to call them heroes - that our two Countries can enjoy those fundamental values of liberty, democracy, rule of law and promotion of human rights, which form the very essence of our two nations.
 
I am grateful to Major General Luca Goretti our Defense Attaché and to all his team - the officers and members of the Army, Navy, Air Force and Carabinieri - for making this event possible.
We are proud to have you here.

In two days, on November 4th, the Italians will celebrate the end of World War One.
It is a date which has long been proclaimed Victory Day and the day of National Unity and which now celebrates the Italain Armed Forces Day.
 
Canada and Italy defended together  in the past and stull defend today, core values which are still crucial today.
It is these ideals which motivated our forces: whether they serve shoulder-to-shoulder in Afghanistan in Lebanon, in the Unified Protector mission, in the Balkans, or yet today in Irak in the anti ISIS international coaliton.
The close friendship that joins Italy and Canada is reinforced by the deeply rooted bonds between our Armed Forces and is founded on many years of working closely together in NATO, within the United Nations, the G7, the G20, and on deeply shared views on all international issues.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

This year's celebration also invites us to remember and to honour the one hundred thousand Canadians who 70 years ago sacrificed their youth, and in too many cases, their lives in Ortona, in the Liri Valley, and in Montecassino, to free Italy and Europe from Nazi tyranny and occupation.

 We will  never forget the generosity, the sacrifices, and the blood shed by the 6,000 Canadian military who never returned to their homes in order to save ours, who would never again embrace their families so that our families could raise their children in a free country and live in a better future.  To these brave and valiant soldiers, and to Canada, we owe an eternal debt of gratitude because  it is from them, that the generations raised in Italy in the post-war years received the gifts of freedom, peace, democracy, security and prosperity.

Mais l'evenement de ce soir a lieu aussi à quelques jours des commémorations du premier anniversaire  des attentats terroristes qui ont coute la vie, il y a un an, à deux valeureux soldats canadiens, l'Adjudant Patrice Vincent à Saint Jean-sur-Richelieu et le Caporal Nathan Cirillo à Ottawa.

Mes pensées vont, en ce moment,  aux familles des deux militaires tués et en particulier au  fils du Caporal Cirillo, le petit Marcus Daniel.

J’éprouve une grande admiration pour les forces armées, les autorités et les citoyens canadiens qui il y a un an on fait preuve d’un calme et d’une retenue extraordinaire dans un des moments les plus dramatiques de l’histoire du Canada.  Jamais je ne pourrai oublier la séance solennelle qui s’est tenue au Parlement au lendemain des événements tragiques lorsque tous les Députés se sont levés et ont chanté ensemble, avec fierté, l’hymne national en démontrant une unité et une détermination sans pareil devant le pays et le monde. Jamais je ne pourrai oublier la foule qui a salué le cortège funèbre tout le long des 500 km de l’autoroute entre Ottawa et Hamilton en y déployant d’immenses drapeaux canadiens.
Heureusement, comme l’a dit il y a quelques jours le Premier Ministre désigné Justin Trudeau, la menace terroriste n’a pas changé les Canadiens, car les Canadiens sont un peuple courtois, généreux, ouvert et optimiste et parque le Canada a été construit par des peuples provenant du monde entier, qui professent toutes les fois, appartiennent à toutes les cultures et parlent toutes les langues.
Sachez que comme l’a déclaré il y a un an le Premier Ministre italien Matteo Renzi, l’Italie est et sera toujours aux côtés du Canada, pays auquel elle est liée par une amitié profonde et des valeurs communes et avec le Canada elle ne cèdera jamais au chantage,  ni à l’intimidation, ni à la peur.
Le 22 octobre dernier, lors de la cérémonie qui s’est déroulée devant le Monument commémoratif de guerre, le Premier Ministre Harper et le Premier Ministre désigné Trudeau ont découvert une plaque avec une  phrase qui m’a profondément marqué et qui restera gravée pour toujours pour les générations futures:
 
“En l’honneur du caporal Nathan Cirillo
Tué le 22 octobre alors qu’il faisait la sentinelle à la précieuse tombe du Soldat inconnu.
Le caporal Cirillo n’a jamais quitté son poste.
Il montera éternellement la garde et veillera sur le Canada” Fin de citation
 Nous ne l'oublierons jamais
Merci

 



 


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