October is celebrated as Italian-American Heritage Month in the United States

“Every year the U.S. president signs an executive order designating the month of October as National Italian American Heritage Month. Coinciding with the festivities surrounding Columbus Day, the proclamation is recognition of the many achievements, contributions, and successes of Americans of Italian descent as well as Italians in America.
Over 5.4 million Italians immigrated to the United States between 1820 and 1992. Today there are over 26 million Americans of Italian descent in the United States, making them the fifth largest ethnic group.* The country was even named after an Italian, the explorer and geographer Amerigo Vespucci.
As Americans, we acknowledge the determination and achievements of Italians within the United States. It is our understanding that during the month of October, Italian Americans are given recognition because they play a vital role in altering the political, social,and economic aspect of our country.”
(Source: Marist College, NY)

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