FRAI, Italy — Italy celebrated independence day on Monday, a day that marked the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Paris that ended the Thirty Years’ War.
The Republic of Italy celebrated the occasion by unveiling a painting of a fiji flag and holding a ceremony to commemorate the day, the Associated Press reported.
“The flag of the Republic of Fijian is the symbol of the country, the people and the people’s will, the motto of which is ‘For the Republic’,” the flag said.
The painting depicts a young fiji, the country’s flag bearer, as he walks to a riverbank.
He holds the flag and waves it, with the motto, “For the republic.”
The flag was displayed for a minute before the ceremony began, before being taken away and placed on the ground, according to the AP.
The event marked the first time a flag has been displayed outside the walls of a foreign country since the war ended in 1945.
Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said the flag “is a symbol of a nation, the future of Italy, the unity of Italy.”
Italy is a sovereign nation.
The flag of Fiji, which is in a group with the national flag of South Africa, has been used by the country since 1948, AP reported.