"This ceremony rewards the protagonists of gestures of solidarity and altruism, of a sense of responsibility towards the community. But it also expresses a widespread sensitivity of sense of responsibility for others that is rooted in the civil life of Italy. Without solidarity there is no true community in which to live and live together. Feeling part of a community confers trust and also security ".
This was stated by the President of the Republic Sergio Mattarella speaking at the ceremony for the delivery of the honors of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic.