Mayor Sarno presented a proclamation declaring the month of October 2021 as Italian Heritage Month in the City of Springfield and officers from the Springfield Police Department Metro Unit under the command of Sgt. Brian Elliott were also present.
Mayor Sarno stated, “I want to thank President Charlie Becker and all the members of the Italian Cultural Center of Western Massachusetts for continuing and organizing this tradition to honor our heritage. Being first generation Italian-American, this ceremony is very special to me. Like many immigrants, when Italian-Americans immigrated to America they faced numerous difficulties and challenges. They took any menial jobs and toiled to be able to provide for themselves and their families. It is because of our forefathers and mother’s perseverance and efforts that generations to follow have and continue to lead in all walks of life, whether in Springfield, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the United States of America and the world. I’m so proud to be an Italian-American and live our motto of ‘Family, Faith, and Food’!”