TRENTON: Mayor Tony F. Mack and the New Jersey Italian & Italian American Heritage Commission (NJIIAHC) are proud to announce a community celebration in honor of Giuseppe Garibaldi, a former Italian general, politician, and patriot. Garibaldi, born July 4, 1807 is lovingly referred to as one of Italy’s ‘fathers of the fatherland’ for his commitment to Italy’s independence and unification.
Mayor Mack and the New Jersey Italian & Italian American Heritage Commission will be joined with Luciano Luciani, President of the Fernando Santi Institute, Mayor Alessandro Plumeri of Villalba, Italy, and Mayor Bartolo Vienna of Geraci-Siculo for a community celebration at Trenton City Hall on Monday, July 2, 2012 at 11AM in Council Chambers. Artwork, provided by the Italian delegation, illustrating the exploits of Garibaldi, will be on display in Council Chambers. Letters of friendship will be signed by Mayor Mack and the Italian delegation, establishing a bond between Trenton and Sicily.
“The City of Trenton, like Italy, has a long history of contributing Italian men and women, with palpable contributions for the betterment of society. We are honored to celebrate, Giuseppe Garibaldi, a patriot of the highest order”, stated Mayor Tony F. Mack.
“From the time of Classical Rome, Italian cultural heritage has embraced multiculturalism. The New Jersey Italian and Italian American Heritage Commission are committed to developing educational programs and activities which preserve and promote the heritage of all people. By honoring, Giuseppe Garibaldi, ‘A Hero of Two Worlds,’ we honor all immigrants, from all corners of the world, who came to this country in search of a better life,” stated Gilda Rorro Baldassari, Ed.D, Chair, NJIIAHC & Consular Correspondent.
Mayor Mack and the New Jersey Italian & Italian American Heritage Commission would like to invite the community to this celebration. The program is set for Monday, July 2, 2012 at 11AM in Trenton City Hall Council Chambers. A reception will follow in the atrium.