An October Celebration of Italian Heritage, Tradition, and Historical past

Over 5.5 million Italians immigrated to the US between 1820 and 2000. Immediately there are over 17.eight million Individuals of Italian descent in the US, making them the fourth largest ethnic group – and the nation was even named after an Italian, the explorer and geographer Amerigo Vespucci.

With out the Italians, America could be a really totally different place at present. So a lot of her discoverers, explorers, and colonizers have been of Italian descent, one would possibly even conclude that with out Italians, America could not even exist.

Italian Individuals all through the nation be a part of collectively to rejoice their heritage throughout the month of October, however the identify of the month is as assorted as those that rejoice. Relying on the group and area, October could also be Italian American Heritage Month, Italian American Historical past Month, Italian Heritage Month, Italian Tradition Month, Italian Heritage and Tradition Month, or Italian Historical past Month. Nonetheless, it’s acknowledged as Nationwide Italian American Heritage Month within the annual proclamation signed by the President of the US.

Though the month of festivities could also be recognized by many names, the aim of celebrating is identical — to honor these of Italian heritage who’ve so richly contributed to America… and the world.

Whether or not you’re of Italian heritage or not, we hope that you just who learn this may not directly rejoice this month what makes Italian-Individuals proud.

To all of the Italian-Individuals who contribute to what makes America nice, we thanks!

The next is a poem by Angelo Bianchi, Esq., 1982

“I’m an Italian-American”

I’m an Italian-American. My roots are deep in an historic soil, drenched by the Mediterranean solar, and watered by pure streams from snow capped mountains.

I’m enriched by hundreds of years of tradition. My arms are these of the mason, the artist, the person of the soil.

My ideas have been recounted within the annals of Rome, the poetry of Virgil, the creations of Dante, and the philosophy of Benedetto Croce.

I’m an Italian-American, and from my historic world, I first spanned the seas to the New World. I’m Cristoforo Colombo.

I’m Giovanne Caboto recognized in American Historical past as John Cabot, discoverer of the mainland of North America.

I’m Amerigo Vespucci, who gave my identify to the New World, America.

First to sail on the Nice Lakes in 1679, founding father of the territory that grew to become the State of Illinois, colonizer of Louisiana and Arkansas, I’m Enrico Tonti.

I’m Filippo Mazzei buddy of Thomas Jefferson, and my thesis on the equality of man was written into the Invoice of Rights.

I’m William Paca, signer of the Declaration of Independence.

I’m an Italian-American; I financed the Northwest Expedition of George Rogers Clark and accompanied him via the lands that may develop into Ohio, Indiana, Wisconsin and Michigan. I’m Colonel Francesco Vigo.

I mapped the Pacific from Mexico to Alaska and to the Philippines. I’m Alessandro Malaspina.

I’m Giacomo Belinimi, discoverer of the supply of the Mississippi River in 1823.

I created the Dome of the US Capitol. They name me the Michelangelo of America. I’m Constantino Brumidi.

In 1904, I based in San Francisco, the Financial institution of Italy now referred to as the Financial institution of America, the most important monetary establishment on this planet. I’m A.P. Giannini.

I’m Enrico Fermi, father of nuclear science in America.

I’m Steve Geppi, founding father of Diamond Comics, the most important distributorship of comics on the planet.

I’m the primary enlisted man to earn the Medal of Honor in World Conflict II; I’m John Basilone of New Jersey. I’m an Italian-American.

I’m the million sturdy who served in America’s armies and the tens of hundreds whose names are enshrined in navy cemeteries from Guadalcanal to the Rhine.

I’m the metal maker in Pittsburgh, the grower within the Imperial Valley of California, the textile designer in Manhattan, the film maker in Hollywood, the homemaker and the breadwinner in over 10,000 communities.

I’m an American with out stint or reservation, loving this land as just one who understands historical past, its agonies and its triumphs can love and serve it.

Is not going to be instructed that my contribution is any much less nor my function not as worthy as that of some other American.

I’ll stand in assist of this nation’s freedom and shield in opposition to all foes.

My heritage has devoted me to this nation. I’m pleased with my heritage, and I shall stay worthy of it.

I’m an Italian-American.