Love of country, sacrifice, unity and national identity, freedom are the milestones carved in our history, which still today, 100 years later, resonate more than current in the memory of the unknown soldier.
On 4 November a century ago, Italy, victorious in the Great War, but marked in its flesh by the tragedy of 651,000 fallen, honored them all by bowing his head before the remains of an unnamed soldier. Not a general who sent his men to the slaughter from the rear or a politician who rode the war without ever having heard a bullet hiss. The unknown soldier is an infantryman who had spit blood and sweat into the mud of the trenches chosen by a mother destroyed by grief for the loss of her very young son among a string of coffins with the remains of fallen soldiers never identified.
In times of pandemics, refusal of vaccines and No pass marches, the nameless soldier should remind everyone, on both sides of the fence, of the sense of national community.
And make us understand that the silent majority or noisy minority, the right of the many or the selfishness of the few, we must win together the invisible war that still torments Italy and the whole world. The unknown soldier was a man of the people who, a little forced, a little pushed by patriotism and the hope of taking the skin home, made Italy with his sacrifice. It is neither right nor left, but a symbol for everyone. One hundred years later we can and must honor him by remembering that we fought together against the Chinese virus, which has mowed down 130,000 brothers in Italy, mostly with other diseases, but which without the pandemic they could have been among us for a long time. . And in the vast majority we try to come up with a vaccine, which necessarily, not having a crystal ball, must be an act of faith in science and hope. Many do not believe it and think they live in a “health dictatorship” that limits freedom via the green pass. They should not be demonized or considered deserters to be shot in the back as in the carnage of the Great War. However, they too should meditate on the example of the unknown soldier, who was not a kamikaze and perhaps would have wanted the freedom to choose whether to go and die on the Karst or not, but he left the same among a thousand doubts and fears, fighting to free us from a foreign enemy. Since then, with as many doubts and fears, only together, united, with respect for all, without selfishness or prevarication, can we win the “war”, like 100 years ago.