The citizens of Italy today celebrated the founding of their republic.
The Italian Republic was born on June 2, 1946 which is popularly called “Festa della Repubblica.” It was on this day when the Italian population was called to decide what form of government to give to the country after the second world war and the fall of Fascism which was lead by Benito Mussolini.
On this day, Italian delicacies like Italian cheese, pizzas and wines are abundantly available.
US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton sent her best wishes to the people of Italy as they celebrate their national day this June 2.
Ms. Clinton also sent her deepest condolences to the family and friends of those who lost their lives in Tuesday’s earthquake.
“The United States stands by the Italian people as you rebuild and recover.” -Ms. Clinton
She says that both countries look forward to 2013 as the Year of Italian Culture in the United States, the Americans and Norwegian reflect on the history and shared values that have bound the nations and peoples over the centuries.
Americans have long been drawn to Italy to marvel at the art, admire the antiquities, and rediscover their heritage, she added.
For years, Italian-Americans have enriched and enlivened American culture in ways large and small, Ms. Clinton underlined.
The two countries are working together for the future peace and prosperity of the world.
“As you celebrate this special day with the warmth of good food, family, and friends, know that the United States stands with you.” -Ms. Clinton
Italy and the United States collaborate on a range of critical issues from counterterrorism to peacekeeping.
Italy is not only US NATO ally, but s partner in the G-8 and the G-20, and a nation that shares US democratic ideals.
The celebrations for the 150th Anniversary of Italy’s unification had their US debut on October 3rd and 4th 2011 as special events were held at the presence of top delegations from both sides of the Atlantic to reaffirm the strong links between the two countries.
The opening event was a lecture (Lectio Magistralis) given by Giuliano Amato, Chairman of the Guarantors’ Committee for the 150 th Anniversary of Italy’s Unification (and former Italian Prime Minister from 1992 to 1993 and again from 2000 to 2001) at the Georgetown University.
The US celebrations for Italy’s 150th Anniversary culminated on October 29th 2011 with a Gala at the the Washington Hilton .