Yesterday the Constitutional Affairs Commission of the Italian Senate approved the bill that decrees that March 18th is and will always be the first national day in memory of the Coronavirus victims.
Why March 18th? A year ago, on March 18th, 2020, Italy was facing the worst day of the pandemic: the deaths caused by the Coronavirus had registered very high numbers (2,978 victims in a single day in Italy) and lots of Army trucks, in the streets in Bergamo, carried the coffins with the victims elsewhere. The city was collapsing, the number of dead people was so high that the coffins were carried to the nearby crematoria.
That image of military trucks loaded with coffins, along deserted streets of Bergamo, will never be forgotten! Today, on the occasion of the first anniversary of the “National Day in memory of the victims of the Coronavirus epidemic”, the Prime Minister, Mario Draghi, is going to Bergamo where he will take part in two ceremonies: the first at the monumental cemetery and the second at the inauguration of the Bosco della Memoria. Today Giorgio Mulè, Undersecretary of Defense of the Draghi government says: “The approval of the law is a source of profound emotion for me, being its first signatory and promoter…. I feel obliged to be grateful to all those who, unanimously in the Chamber and the Senate, contributed to the result of the approval of the law close to March 18th “.