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Ambassador Armando Varricchio attends the Columbus Day ceremony at Union Station (Washington, October 14, 2019).



Ambassador Armando Varricchio attends the Columbus Day ceremony at Union Station (Washington, October 14, 2019).

Washington, October 14, 2019. On the occasion of Columbus Day, the Italian Ambassador Armando Varricchio took part in the wreath laying ceremony at the monument dedicated to Christopher Columbus in front of Union Station in Washington DC. The Spanish Ambassador Santiago Cabanas and the Vice President of the National Italian American Foundation, Anita McBride were also present.

In his speech, the Ambassador recalled the imminent visit of President Mattarella who will be in the United States of America from 15 to 20 October. The second official visit by the President of the Republic to the United States and the meeting with President Trump scheduled for October 16 - recalled the Ambassador - "will serve to further underline the strength and depth of the ties between Italy and the USA and the excellent state of our relationship”.

The Ambassador went on to recall the contributions made by the Italian-American community to the many successes and results achieved by the United States and how the community has become a living and integral part of this country. "Italian-Americans" - continued the Ambassador - "provided invaluable support to the social fabric, progress and history of this great nation".

This was also acknowledged by President Trump in the traditional Proclamation for Columbus Day and will be emphasized at the reception that the President will offer, in the presence of President Mattarella, to celebrate the Italian-American community.

On the occasion, the Ambassador also recalled the continuing relevance of the epic story of Colombus which connected the shores of the Atlantic uniting peoples and continents. It would therefore be a mistake to read that page of history in the light of the dramatic events that took place in the following centuries and that should be interpreted in a logic of inclusion and not of division of communities that, proud of their origin, find themselves united today in the values ​​of the great American democracy.