Spotlight: Fifth Annual Tribute Concert Honors Wounded Warriors at Italian Embassy in Washington, DC
Finmeccanica and the Embassy of Italy hosted the fifth annual tribute concert to honor U.S. military personnel wounded in the line of duty on November 2, 2013 in Washington, DC. The concert, entitled “A Grand Night at the Opera,” featured Maestro Alexis Soriano and The New York Opera Society Chamber Orchestra, who performed a collection of famous opera pieces from Lucia di Lammermoor, Madame Butterfly, Lucrezia Borgia, The Daughter of the Regiment, Così fan tutte, The Barber of Seville, and Don Pasquale.
The event was held at the Embassy of Italy in Washington, D.C. with approximately 500 attendees, including 100 wounded servicemen and women, family members, staff, and caregivers from Walter Reed National Medical Center and Fort Belvoir.
Following the performance, Finmeccanica presented charitable donations to three organizations: The Aleethia Foundation, Fisher House Foundation, and Wounded Warrior Project®.
This year’s event was part of 2013 – Year of Italian Culture in the US, an initiative featuring more than 300 events in over 50 U.S. cities.
“Our Embassy is particularly proud to participate to this traditional tribute to American wounded warriors,” the Ambassador of Italy to the United States, Claudio Bisogniero, said. “Italian soldiers are committed to work shoulder to shoulder with their American and international colleagues to support peace and security. It is only right that we honor those who have taken this responsibility. They have our deepest gratitude and our appreciation, as well as our continuing admiration,” Bisogniero stated.
William J. Lynn, Chief Executive Officer of Finmeccanica North America and DRS Technologies, also recognized the warriors for their service. “Our wounded warriors inspire us by their courage and resilience. The opportunity to serve in the Pentagon and work alongside our troops was one of the most profound experiences I have had,” he said.