(AGI) Rome, June 2 - The 70th anniversary of the Republic was marked by the traditional military parade. "The participation of the Armed Forces, with the attentive preparation and execution of all those involved, contributed to the success of the whole event," said President Sergio Mattarella in a message to Defence Minister Roberta Pinotti. "The various units marched with great commitment and emotional involvement. The active participation of citizens once again confirmed the Italian people's affection towards the Armed Forces, which constitute an important point of reference for values of honour and the homeland." President Mattarella added: "The sobriety that characterised the Armed Forces once again this year, without in any way diminishing the solemnity of the celebrations, was greatly appreciated. The Armed Forces captured the spirit and motivation that underlie their constant commitment to serving the Republic and the international community for peace, collective security and the development of society, in full compliance with the dictates of the constitution and the needs determined by the complex historical phase we are in. With pride and satisfaction, I therefore ask you to communicate my heartfelt thanks and appreciation, as well as that of all Italians, to all the military and civilian staff who contributed to the ceremony's success and to such a brilliant expression of dedication and professionalism." (AGI). .