Italy PM pays respects on the Day of the Victims of COVID
Italy’s Prime Minister Mario Draghi was in Bergamo today on COVID Victims Day.
- The Italian Prime Minister chose Bergamo as the city symbol of the first wave of pandemics to pay homage to the many deaths from COVID-19.
- The Prime Minister placed a crown on the monumental cemetery and then went to the Parco della Trucca for the inauguration of the Bosco della Memoria.
- The Prime Minister said: This place is a symbol of the pain of an entire nation.
“Today is a day of sadness and hope. I want you to feel close to me in sorrow and hope, ”said Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi at the memorial to the victims of COVID in Bergamo.
Prime Minister Mario Draghi chose Bergamo as the city symbol of the first wave of the pandemic to pay homage to the many deaths from COVID in Italy. This was celebrated on the occasion of the National Day of the Victims, which will unite the whole country with the ringing of church bells and moments of remembrance in cemeteries.
The Prime Minister placed a crown on the monumental cemetery and then held a visit and speech in the Parco della Trucca for the inauguration of the Bosco della Memoria with the Mayor of Bergamo, Giorgio Gori, and the Bishop, Francesco Beschi.
In his speech, Draghi spoke of the vaccination campaign: “As you know, the government has an obligation to have as many vaccinations as possible in the shortest possible time.
“Today the European Medicines Agency gave its positive opinion on AstraZeneca. The vaccination campaign continues with the same intensity and goals. An increased supply of some vaccines will help offset delays from other drug companies. We have already made drastic decisions about companies that do not comply with the agreements. “
The Prime Minister recalled that “we cannot hug yet, but this is the day we all need to feel even more united. From here, from this place that remembers those who are no longer there. There is no one in this city who has not had a family member or acquaintance with the virus. “
Then he turned to the people in Bergamo: “You have experienced terrible days in which there was not even time to cry your loved ones, to greet them and to accompany them for the last time. There are many images of this tragedy that affected everyone in Italy and around the world. Above all, one thing is indelible: the column of military trucks loaded with coffins. It was the evening of March 18th, exactly a year ago.
“This wood not only contains the memory of the many victims to which our moving thoughts go today. This place is a symbol of the pain of an entire nation. The President of the Republic has already testified to this with his presence at the commemoration of June 28 in the Monumental Cemetery.
“It is also the place of a solemn commitment that we make today. We are here to promise our elders that it will no longer happen that fragile people are not properly cared for and protected. Only in this way will we respect the dignity of those who have left us. Only in this way will this memory stick also be the symbolic place of our redemption. We are here to celebrate the memory so that the memory of what happened last spring doesn’t fade. “
The respect we owe to those who have abandoned us must give us the strength to rebuild the world they dreamed of for their children and grandchildren, Draghi concluded.
The entire “Church of Bergamo has shown that it is able to react, to convert grief and difficulties into a desire for salvation and regeneration. His example is valuable to all Italians who certainly can’t wait to lift their heads, start over and unleash the energies that have made this country wonderful. And I am here today to say thank you and, together with all of you, to commit myself to rebuilding without forgetting. “