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City of Springfield Raises Italian Flag for Italian Heritage Month

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Mayor Domenic J. Sarno, Hampden County Sheriff Nick Cocchi, State Representatives Angelo J. Puppolo, Jr. and Carlos Gonzalez, State Senators Adam Gomez and Jacob Oliveira, Springfield Fire Commissioner BJ Calvi, Springfield Police Superintendent Cheryl Clapprood, Deputy Veterans Services Director Joe DeCaro, Register of Probate Rosemary Saccomani, City Councilor Kateri Walsh, President of the South End Citizens Council Leo Florian, Giuseppe Polimeni, and State Representative Jeffrey Turco from the City of Revere and town of Winthrop joined with members of the Italian Cultural Center of Western Massachusetts and Co-President Charlie Becker, Paul Picknelly, Honorary Consul General for the Italian Consulate, and over 200 proud Italian-Americans to raise the Italian Flag in honor of Italian Heritage Month on the front steps of City Hall.

Mayor Sarno presented a proclamation declaring the month of October 2023 as Italian Heritage Month in the city of Springfield. 

Mayor Sarno states, “I want to thank ICCWM President Charlie Becker, Honorary Consul General for the Italian Consulate Paul Picknelly and all the members of the Italian Cultural Center of Western Massachusetts for continuing to organize 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 proud to be an Italian-American and live our motto of ‘Family, Faith, and Food!’”       

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