Did you know we have the oldest continuous Italian-American Heritage celebration and parade, established in 1868? I love celebrating different people across our world. It was my honor to feel a part of the Italian Heritage Day in San Francisco! See my photos!
The parade had eighty-five floats — cars and platforms with princesses, dancers, cavalries, long-time Italian families (in Ferraris of course!), Italian politicians, guards, gondolas, and waving Italian mothers (who keep the families together!)
Even more important, Italians have a long line of service. One of my favorites is Emily Bliss Gould, who opened her home in the early 1870’s to children. Even though she wasn’t a teacher, she taught them in school and how to provide for themselves. She just wanted to help them actually be able to live life, to survive.
Renowned singer Andrea Bocelli frequently hosts concerts to help others, such as for the Haitian earthquake, 9-11 and GroundZero, support for the residents of Galilee, and the Indian tsunami. Lucia Apicella, or “Mamma Lucia,” was a quintessential Italian mom. She felt called to bury any solders, or to try to deliver them home to their mothers, during the war.
These are all very kind, different ways to help. And you can, too.
Celebrate Italian Heritage not just because they helped discover our homeland, but because they also serve.
Below, you can make a difference in an Italian’s life.
Si puo servire e aiutare il mondo di oggi
You can help and serve the world today