MILAN – The European day of the Righteous is a celebration established in 2012 by the European Parliament to commemorate those who have stood up against crimes against humanity and totalitarism with their own moral responsibility. In MilanIn Milan, the Association for the Garden of the Righteous, consisting of Gariwo, the city hall and UCEI, organized the celebrations under the High Patronage of the President of the Republic, with the support of the Senate and Chamber of Deputies and in conjunction with the Memorial Foundation of the Shoah in Milan, the Museum Institute of Armenian Genocide Museum in Yerevan, the Embassy of the Republic of Armenia, ARCI, Fondazione Giovanni XXIII, Bishop Andrea Ghetti-Baden Foundation and the Nelson Mandela Foundation.At 11.00 today in the Gardens of the Righteous around the world and in Piazza Santa Maria Nascente in Milan, there was the dedication of new trees to Nelson Mandela, Pope John XXIII, Beatrice Rohner, and Don Giovanni Barbary, Giuseppe Sala, Fernanda Wittgens in honor of all the Righteous of Milan.Clarence Seedorf was on hand to share a few words with the gathered journalists: “When Mandela passed away, it was a bad moment for everyone. He left us many messages on how life is to be lived. He also showed us how sport can unite as it did in South Africa. It was a common objective. We have to say ‘yes’ to integration and mutual respect. No one is born racist”.“I have sworn to bring Mandela’s message forward and to help people grow through sport. You can’t kill someone if you lose. Sport can give values that books do not. It’s fundamental and we need teachers who know how to teach these values. I will try to bring these values forward in life and we can all contribute to making this a better world”.