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05 May 2020

One century, one flag

On 5 May 1920, the Union di Ladins, headed by Leo Demetz, gathered seventy representatives of the five vallies surrounding the Sella and Lagazuoi. They met on Passo Gardena to protest the exclusion of the Ladinis in the peace treaty and their lack of self-determination. Following the St. Germain peace treaty of October 1919, which represented the end of World War I, the entire region, Trentino and Alto Adige – including the Ladin valleys – were annexed to Italy without the Ladinis even being named in the treaty proper. On that day, one hundred years ago, the Ladin flag was hoisted for the first time. It is a symbol of the unity of the Ladinis and their common ancestry and origins, a homage to their land characterised by the green of the meadows and forests, the white of the snow and the blue of the sky. A flag which speaks of peace; a flag which is not a wall, and which proudly looks over the Dolomites representing hospitality.