Messina, Friday, July 1, 2016 – The ceremony for conferral of the Gold Medal of Merit of the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of St. George took place on July 1, 2016, at the headquarters of the Aosta Mechanised Brigade.
The Vice Delegate for Sicily, Dott. Antonio di Janni, Knight Grand Cross of Grace, together with Prof. Giovani Bonanno, Knight Commander of Merit with Star and Rev. Father Vincenzo Castiglione, Ecclesiastical Knight Commander of Grace, was received by the Commander of the Aosta Brigade, General Mauro D’Ubaldi. During the ceremony the Aosta Brigade was congratulated for its humanitarian work in Afghanistan, highlighting not only the military aspects but also the humanitarian work carried out in support of initiatives and events to foster peaceful coexistence among peoples of different ethnic backgrounds and religious beliefs in order to promote peace and brotherhood. The Sicily Delegation was presented with two Crests of the Mission in Afghanistan and the Aosta Brigade while the Delegation awarded two celebratory medals to the Brigade. The official ceremony began with the fanfare of the Aosta Mechanised Brigade performing a concert in honour of the Constantinian Delegation. At the conclusion of the ceremony Colonel Corrado Benzi, Chief of Staff of the Aosta Brigade, was awarded a certificate of Knight of Merit with Star.