Italian Flag Raising
8:30AM @ Moncton City Hall, 655 Main Street, Moncton, NB E1C 1E9
9:30AM @ Dieppe City Hall, 333 Acadie Avenue, Dieppe, NB E1A 1G9
10:30AM @ Riverview Town Hall, 30 Honour House Court, Riverview, NB E1B 3V9
Festa della Repubblica Dinner (for paid members only)
6:00PM @ Moncton Press Club, 160 Assumption Boulevard, Moncton, NB E1C 1A4. NOTE: Non-members will have the opportunity to pay their annual membership fees at the door.
June 2 marks a very special day for Italians, a day known as Festa della Repubblica. This annual celebration in Italy is a national holiday that dates back to 1946, when the entire Italian population voted for the very first time in a referendum that caused the shift of government in Italy from a monarchy to a republic.
A momentous day in history signifying the rebirth of a nation and the freedom, liberty and unity that are so dear to its citizens, Festa della Repubblica is typically celebrated with grand military parades in Rome and a spectacular aerial display of the three colours of the Italian flag by the Italian Air Force’s aerobatic section known as Frecce Tricolori. The day is also marked by the laying of wreaths at the historical Altare della Patria monument, where the Tomb of Italy’s Unknown Soldier (Tomba del Milite Ignoto) lies.
The colours of red, green and white in the Italian flag itself are strongly evocative of the nation’s natural beauty and history, with the green colour representing its plains and hills, the white representing the iconic Alps, and the red symbolic of the blood spilled in Italy’s fight for Independence.