Order of Vittorio Veneto
The military Order of Vittorio Veneto was founded as national order by the fifth President of the Italian Republic, Giuseppe Saragat, in 1968, "to express the gratitude of the nation" to those decorated with the Medal and Cross of War for Military Valor (Medaglia e Croce di Guerra al Valor Militare) who had fought for at least six months in World War I and earlier conflicts.
|Order of Vittorio Veneto|
Obverse and reverse
|Awarded by Italy|
|Type||Order of knighthood|
|Awarded for||1915–1918 and earlier conflicts|
|Established||18 March 1968|
|Last awarded||15 March 2010|
|Next (higher)||Order of the Star of Italy|
|Next (lower)||Cross of War for Military Valour|
The Order is awarded in the single degree of Knight.
Being awarded more than 50 years after the War, most of the recipients were retired from employment. For the Knights who did not enjoy an income above their tax allowance, a small annuity was granted in favor of those recipients, payable to the widow or minor children on death. The allowance was also granted to those that fought in the former Austro-Hungarian armed forces who became Italian citizens after annexation.
|Knight||Cavaliere dell'Ordine di Vittorio Veneto|
The order was bestowed by decree of the President of the Italian Republic, its head, on the recommendation of the Minister of Defence. A Lieutenant General chaired the council, which investigated applications made by eligible parties to the municipality of residence. With the death of the last surviving Knights of Vittorio Veneto in 2008, the order fell into abeyance and, in 2010, it was formally wound-up by repeal of the original legislation.
|Cav. Delfino Borroni||26 October 2008 (aged 110)|
|Cav. Francesco Domenico Chiarello||27 June 2008 (aged 109)|
|Cav. Lazare Ponticelli, Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur||12 March 2008 (aged 110)|
|Cav. Pietro Micheletti||25 March 2005 (aged 105)|
|Cav. Giuseppe Arena||19 March 1978 (aged 85)|
|Cav. Carmine Pavia||26 October 1974 (aged 87)|
|Cav. Domenico Morle||14 February 1984 (aged 88)|
|Cav. Marcantonio Rositano||18 February 1977 (aged 88)|
- Instituted by Law No. 263 of 18 March 1968
- The Italian Honours Procedure (p.7) Presidency of the Council of Ministers, Department of Protocol (retrieved 5 October 2008)
- Addio all'ultimo cavaliere di Vittorio Veneto Archived 2008-10-27 at the Wayback Machine La Stampa, 26 October 2008
- Delfino Borroni: Italy’s last surviving veteran of the First World War The Times, 30 October 2008
- Under Legislative Decree No. 66 of 15 March 2010