The IPA at 70 - Introduction

17 Dec 2020

Dear friends of the IPA,

Dear all,

It is both a pleasure and an honour to introduce this special edition of our IPA Newsletter, dedicated to the 70th anniversary of our association.

2020 was meant to be a year of celebration. Numerous events had been planned to mark this milestone, but almost all of them had to be cancelled. No country was spared by the pandemic, and many have been deeply affected. To all those who have suffered and are still suffering, may the sympathy of the entire IPA family be a real comfort.

These exceptional circumstances and the many restrictions we are faced with should not discourage us: in recognition of the IPA’s longevity and the wealth of opportunities our association provides us, we owe it to the IPA to continue and develop our associative life. May this special edition of the Newsletter, a true hymn to the IPA, not only show part of our heritage, but also open a window on our future.

Each section was invited to contribute, in addition to the members of the International Executive Board and several former Presidents who have left their mark on the history of our association. Although it was not possible to open this great book to everyone, we hope that these testimonies show that our universal family forgets no-one.

Our founder Arthur Troop defined the key elements of our journey, service and friendship; thus uniting duty, the symbol of the security forces, with a friendly exchange that was to prevail in our ranks, between our members. The resulting motto, “Servo per Amikeco”, has guided the steps of our associative life for the past 70 years.

May all IPA members remain the faithful and devoted guardians of this magnificent motto, to ensure we can pass it on to our successors. Let us all place a stone on this symbolic cairn, to make it more visible and solid.

Enjoy reading this edition, and thank you to our IAC staff for the immense work devoted to the publication of this Newsletter.

Long live the IPA!

Servo per Amikeco,

Pierre-Martin Moulin, IPA President