NEW YORK: RESOLUTION FOR 150th ANNIVERSARY OF THE UNIFICATION OF ITALY ADOPTED BY U.S. SENATE – MARCH 2012
March 17, 2012 concludes the 150th Anniversary Celebration of the Unification of Italy, both in Italy and in the United States, with a most positive congressional resolution passed by the Senate. Spearheaded by Senator John Kerry, who chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, the resolution is a tribute to the land of some 26,000,000 estimated Italian Americans, whose ancestors came to America in large numbers from the 1860’s thru the first half of the last century.
The Resolution points to the 150th Anniversary of the Unification of Italy in 1861 and recognizes the many shared bonds of friendship and collaboration between Italy and the Unites States over multiple centuries and, most of all, recognizes Italy’s contributions to liberty, democracy and universal human rights.
In congratulating Senator Kerry for his support of this resolution, Joseph Sciame, currently president/chair of the Conference of Presidents of Major Italian American organizations, a collective body that has successfully garnered support for major national and international I-A issues, stated: “We applaud the support rendered by Senator John Kerry and his staff for pressing and conveying a formal Senate Resolution as to the 150th Anniversary of the Unification of Italy. In so many varied ways, this Resolution salutes not only those Italians and Italian Americans who have contributed to this great land of America, but for all of the activities that were held this past year.” Mr. Sciame was referring to the collaborative efforts by so many Italian American organizations locally and national, the Embassy of Italy in Washington, DC and Consulates in celebrating from March 17, 2011 until this year’s close of the celebration.
In addition to the initial advocacy by Joseph Grano of the Constantino Brumidi Society of Washington, DC, and the creative work of Nancy Indelicato of the Italian Heritage and Culture Committee-NY, Inc. in preparation of the initial resolutions, the many letters and postings by I-A organizations and individuals, the final and perhaps most successful piece of assistance came from the office of the national Order Sons of Italy in America and its Executive Director, Dr. Philip R. Piccigallo. He stated: “The Order Sons of Italy in America (OSIA), the nation’s largest and oldest organization representing Americans of Italian heritage, congratulates and thanks Senator John Kerry (D–MA) for his indispensable work in getting a Senate Resolution passed on March 12, 2012, recognizing the 150th Anniversary of the Unification of Italy.” These efforts were accomplished with Sen. Kerry’s Office, in concert with the Italian Embassy during the course of the visit this past month of Prime Minister Mario Monti to Washington and New York City.