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The ‘Order of the Italian Star’ is Italy’s oldest national honour and was established by the Italian Republic in 1947 soon after the end of the Second World War. The ‘Order of the Italian Star’ recognises the Italian Republic’s gratitude and solidarity for the efforts and services made towards the reconstruction of the nation, the preservation of national prestige abroad, as well as cooperation with other countries.
The Order is presented to both Italian expatriates and foreign nationals who have made an outstanding contribution to the Italian Republic after World War II. Other recipients of the Order include: Henry Cabot Lodge, American Ambassador to the UN; President John F. Kennedy, former President of the U.S.A; Russian composer Igor Stravinsky and Italo-American legend Frank Sinatra.
The Award Ceremony was held at the Italian Embassy in Madrid and was hosted by the Italian Ambassador, H.E. Pietro Sebastiani who presented the medal of the Order to Commander Eduardo De Santis, with kind words from H.E. Italian President Napolitano.
The ceremony was attended by Mr De Santis’ family and friends as well as several Board Members of Gold Mercury International, including Enrique Barón Crespo, former President of the European Parliament; Aldo Olcese, President of Fincorp and Francisco Luzón, former Director General Santander LATAM. Other guests included former Club of Rome President Ricardo Díez-Hochleitner; Father Lezama of the Lezama Foundation; Andrea Brentan, CEO of Endesa; former Italian Ambassador Vanni D’archirafi and painter Sofia Gandarias.
“My most sincere thanks to the President of the Republic Napolitano for awarding me with this prestigious honour. I also want to recognise and praise here today your recent gesture to serve for Italy again. You are truly a great Italian,”
said Eduardo De Santis on receiving the Order from the President of the Republic.
Mr Eduardo De Santis is already Commander of the Italian Republic (Commendatore della Repubblica Italiana), an honour presented to him in 1972 by the then President H.E. Giovanni Leone.