WHEREAS, October is National Italian American Heritage Month; and
WHEREAS, since our nation’s inception and throughout our history, brave men, women and children, yearning for freedom and opportunity, made the journey to the United States in search of a better life; and
WHEREAS, from early explorers to the 5.5 million immigrants of the early twentieth century, Italian Americans have helped shape and develop our nation; and
WHEREAS, the State of North Carolina is proud to be the home to an estimated 200,000 Italian American citizens and to celebrate their contributions to our state’s rich heritage; and
WHEREAS, Italian American citizens have made significant economic and cultural contributions to our state and nation, and their influences can be found in every walk of life; and
WHEREAS, the Italian government officially designated 2013 as the Year of Italian Culture in the United States; in recognition of the culture and heritage of Italy, several events have taken place in venues across the country that highlight Italian contributions in science and technology, arts and entertainment, literature, productivity and design, and food;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, PAT McCRORY, Governor of the State of North Carolina, proclaim October 14, 2013, as “ITALIAN AMERICAN HERITAGE DAY” in North Carolina, and commend its observance to all citizens.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and affixed the Great Seal of the State of North Carolina at the Capitol in Raleigh this tenth day of October in the year of our Lord two thousand and thirteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-eighth.