This morning in Piazza del Plebiscito, in the presence of the Undersecretary of State for Defense, Hon. Angelo Tofalo and the Chief of Staff of the General Army Corps Salvatore Farina, took place the swearing-in ceremony of the 232 ° course of the Military School "Nunziatella", before the glorious Flag of the Institute, decorated with the Medal of Bronze to the Value of the Army.
Numerous civil, religious and military authorities took part in the event, including the president of the Campania Region, dott. Vincenzo De Luca, the prefect Dr. Carmela Pagano, General Rolando Mosca Moschini and the Gold Medal for Military Valor, general of the army corps of the carabinieri Rosario Aiosa, former student of the school and godfather of the 232 ° course.
The 88 students were framed, of which 25 women, numerous Labs of Combatant Association and of Arms, the Gonfaloni of the metropolitan city of Naples and of the Campania Region and the thousands of ex-students rushed to gather around young jurors.
During his speech the undersecretary of state Tofalo stressed "Military schools are a driving force behind Defense. This is where the ruling class of the future is born. Dear boys, you have made a choice that will engage you for life. Honor it. By swearing allegiance to the Republic, you are even more aware Italian citizens and your guiding star will always remain the national interest and the good of the country. Family members say I am proud of their children for the choice they made. Defense is. I am".
During his speech, General Farina thanked the family members of the students, the alumni and all the Neapolitan citizenship and subsequently, addressing the jurors, he recalled that "The words of the oath pronounced a little while ago will be the guiding star on your journey from today. Their meaning is to face study, work and life, head-on, with courage and determination but also with generosity, self-denial and altruism ".
The head of SME then highlighted the project on Great European Nunziatella aimed at promoting the role of Rosso Maniero also in the future by transforming the institute according to the most modern concepts, both from an educational as well as an infrastructural and functional point of view, making it become an innovative pole and in step with the times, open also to others nations.
The salient moment of the ceremony was the symbolic delivery of the sword to a first-year student by a third-year student; the spadino, emblem of belonging to the Military School "Nunziatella", represents the important passage of deliveries, traditions and values that are handed down to the new generations.
The unique frame of the event was the monumental Piazza del Plebiscito, packed by family members, relatives and ex-students, who came for the occasion from all over Italy to attend the ceremony, thus marking the solemnity of the moment and accompanying, ideally almost by hand, the students at this time of growth.
The training regiment, thus constituted, under the command of the Military School commander "Nunziatella", Colonel Amedeo Cristofaro, saw among its ranks the Army Band and the Drums of the School.
The "Nunziatella" Military School, founded on November 18 1787 as Royal Military Academy, based on the hill of Pizzofalcone in Naples, in the historic building that housed it since its foundation, is one of the oldest military training institutes in Italy and of the world.
For the role played in the three centuries of activity in the field of high education, as an academic, social and economic engine for Italy and for all the Mediterranean countries linked to it, it has been declared "Historical and cultural heritage of the Mediterranean country ", by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean.
Since its origins, the school has been a place of high military and civil training, hence the motto "I prepare for life and weapons", and had among its professors and students high-value personalities, recognized both nationally and internationally.