senate resolution no.82

Senator Lucido offered the following resolution:

A resolution to recognize October 2019 as Italian-American Heritage Month.

Whereas, In October of 1492, a three ship expedition led by Christopher Columbus reached the shores of what he named San Salvador (now in the Bahamas). This voyage brought forth a new era of exploration and discovery in the New World; and

Whereas, Those American continents are named after an Italian, the explorer and geographer Amerigo Vespucci; and

Whereas, As Christopher Columbus may have set forth his expedition under a Spanish flag, it is his Italian ancestry which is celebrated to this day; and

Whereas, Italian-Americans have defended the liberty and integrity of the United States since the Revolutionary War. Two of the original signers of the Declaration of Independence, William Paca and Caesar Rodney, as well as Filippo Mazzei, were believed to have been of Italian decent; and

Whereas, An estimated 5.5 million Italians immigrated to the United States between 1820 and 2004; and

Whereas, Today, there are over 18 million Americans of Italian descent in the United States, making them the fourth largest ethnic group; and

Whereas, Italian-Americans have and continue to make important contributions to the state and our local communities. The bonds between the United States of America, the state of Michigan, and the Italian Republic have never been stronger; now, therefore, be it

Resolved by the Senate, That the members of this legislative body recognize October 2019 as Italian-American Heritage Month; and be it further

Resolved, That the Senate reaffirm its commitment to celebrating the history and heritage of Columbus Day; and be it further

Resolved, That copies of this resolution be transmitted to the Governor of the state of Michigan.