The Alpini have been guardians of the Alps for decades. They are the Italian Army's specialist mountain infantry which distinguished itself in combat during World War I and World War II.

The National Alpini Association is an organization representing the "Veci" ("the old ones") or former members of the Alpini corps. They see themselves as "on leave" rather than veterans, they're known as the "10th Alpini Regiment". Since 1920 every year ANA organizes a national reunion to celebrate while remembering old times.