Commonwealth of Massachusetts
A Proclamation
His Excellency Governor Deval L. Patrick

Whereas Italian Americans continue to be a vital part of the Commonwealth’s rich diversity by contributing significantly to all aspects of daily life, including education, medicine, commerce, agriculture, public service and technology; and 

Whereas This year marks the 150th anniversary of Italian Unification, the result of a long process of intellectual, political, and military struggles led by Giuseppe Mazzini, Camillo di Cavour, and Giuseppe Garibaldi, which not only set Italy on a path to democracy, but also has had a major influence on the development of democracy throughout Europe; and

Whereas We also mark the 500th anniversary of the birth of Giorgio Vasari, a painter, architect and the first Italian art historian, whose influential biography of the great artists of the Renaissance, known as the “Lives of the Most Excellent, Painters, Sculptors, and Architects,” endures as a classic work in art history;  and

Whereas This year marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of Italo Svevo, born Ettore Aron Schmitz to a Jewish family in Trieste, whose self-published novel, “Confessions of Zeno,” has been hailed as a masterpiece of modern European literature and today is regarded as the forerunner of the stream-of-consciousness, psychoanalytic narrative; and

Whereas This year marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of the acclaimed composer Nino Rota who was born in Milan and is best known for his scores for some of the classics of film by directors Federico Fellini, Luchino Visconti, Franco Zeffirelli and Francis Ford Coppola; and

Whereas Italians and Italian-Americans have throughout the history of our nation made significant contributions to American sports including Massachusetts born sports legends such as world heavy weight boxing champion Rocky Marciano, world welter weight boxing champion Tony DeMarco, Heisman trophy winner and former Boston Patriot running back Joe Bellino, former Olympic gold medal winning hockey team captain Michael "Ritz" "Rizzo" Eruzione,   and many others; and

Whereas Throughout this month, the Italian American community will gather and celebrate their heritage through historical and cultural traditions and observances,

Now, Therefore, I, Deval L. Patrick, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim October 2011  to be

Italian Heritage Month 

And urge all the citizens of the Commonwealth to take cognizance of this event and participate fittingly in its observance.

Given at the Executive Chamber in Boston, this twenty-eighth day of September, in the year two thousand and eleven, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the two hundred and thirty-fifth.


By His Excellency

Deval L. Patrick
Governor of the Commonwealth

William Francis Galvin 
Secretary of the Commonwealth

God Save the Commonwealth of Massachusetts