13th December 1974 the Maltese Constitution was amended - Malta became a Republic. At the time, Sir Anthony Mamo became the first President. 2009 sees H.E. Dr. George Abela as the current president. On behalf of the Government and people of Malta, he will pay public tribute to a number of Maltese citizens who distinguish themselves in different fields.
Mainly in Valletta, activities marking this historic date are organised.