Happy Columbus Day and Italian American Heritage Month!

Daniel J. Lon­go, the Nation­al Pres­i­dent of the Order Sons of Italy in Amer­i­ca, said in an email this morn­ing, in part:

We join togeth­er to remem­ber how, in 1492, Christo­pher Colum­bus set sail in an attempt to find a new trade route to the East. Instead, he land­ed on an island in the west­ern hemi­sphere and his tales of this New World inspired count­less oth­ers to explore this unchart­ed ter­ri­to­ry.

We also come togeth­er to cel­e­brate the achieve­ments of immi­grants, many of whom were Ital­ian, who fol­lowed in Christo­pher Colum­bus’ foot­steps; who sailed across the ocean in an attempt to start a new and pros­per­ous life. These brave men and women set­tled in the Unit­ed States with only a dream to give their fam­i­lies a bet­ter future.”

I couldn’t have said it bet­ter myself. We should be proud of our ances­try and the Ital­ian blood that flows through our veins!