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

Whereas This is the Fifteenth Anniversary of the observance of Italian-American Heritage Month under the legislation signed in 1999 by Governor Argeo Paul Cellucci; and

Whereas The Republic of Italy has designated 2013 as the “Year of Italian Culture in the United States;” and

Whereas This year marks the 700th anniversary of the birth of Giovanni Boccaccio, author of the Decameron and many other works, who, along with Dante Alighieri and Francesco Petrarca, is regarded as one of the three crowns of Italian literature; and

Whereas This year marks the 500th anniversary of the creation in Rome of three of western civilization’s greatest works of art: The Moses by Michelangelo, St. John the Baptist by Leonardo da Vinci, and La Madonna di San Sisto by Raffaello; and

Whereas This year marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of  Giuseppe Verdi, a master of the romantic opera among other forms whose works such as Rigoletto, La Traviata, Nabucco, Il Trovatore, and Aida continue to entertain audiences and to inspire musical artists throughout the world; and,

Whereas This year marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of  Giuseppe Verdi, a master of the romantic opera among other forms whose works such as Rigoletto, La Traviata, Nabucco, Il Trovatore, and Aida continue to entertain audiences and to inspire musical artists throughout the world; and  

Whereas This year marks the 50th anniversary of the publication of the acclaimed Boston-born poet John Ciardi’s popular book of children’s poetry “John J. Plenty and Fidler Dan,”

Now, Therefore, I, Deval L. Patrick, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim October 2013  to be

ITALIAN-AMERICAN 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 seventeenth day in September, in the year two thousand and thirteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the two hundred and thirty-seventh.

By His Excellency

Deval L. Patrick
Governor of the Commonwealth

William Francis Galvin
Secretary of the Commonwealth