The Italian Cultural Institute and the Consulate General of Italy in San Francisco commemorate International Holocaust Remembrance Day on 27 January, remembering the tragedy of the Holocaust that occurred during World War II with the screening of the video Witnesses of  Witnesses (Testimoni dei testimoni), created by Studio Azzurro to document the...

Ciao from Rome on lockdown to all the friends of We the Italians. Dear friends, I start this editorial from an Italy in phase 2 of the lockdown thanking you all again for the final outcome of our fundraising. Here you can find the video with which the General Director of the Spallanzani Hospital, Marta Branca, thanks us for this wonderful result: a...

Every year, either on April 25 or Memorial Day, We the Italians visit Nettuno's Sicily-Rome American Cemetery to celebrate and pay respect to the American soldiers who helped liberate Italy. Last June 4, We the Italians laid a wreath at the cemetery on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Rome. It is a sacred place of peace and...

On May 30, 1868, the first official Decoration Day was declared by General John A. Logan and observed at Arlington National Cemetery. Volunteers decorated the graves of more than 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers. Following World War II, Decoration Day was expanded and renamed Memorial Day to honor all Americans who died in military service. Th...

“America - Land of the Free, Home of The Brave,” means something to each individual who lives in America. To me, this statement hits closer to home, because of the long history of veterans in my family. My family’s journey started in Italy and ends in America. As immigrants, America was a place to be free and was considered a land of opportunity. M...

Every year, Americans around the world pause on the fourth Monday in May to remember all those who have fallen while serving in the U.S. military. This day of remembrance was formally known as Decoration Day, as it grew from the longstanding tradition of adorning with flags and flowers the graves of those who died in battle.  These observances gai...

With Memorial Day weekend just days away, Caffe Luna Rosa in Delray Beach will once again have a table set-up but empty – a Missing Man Table – in tribute to servicemen and servicewomen who were never able to return home. The table will include a folded flag, a Bible, a lit candle, a flower, and a plate with a slice of lemon and salt. This special...

Although Memorial Day has passed, the actual memorials of many Italian Americans who bravely served our country proudly stand day-after-day in various places throughout the United States. The photos in this post depict most of the memorials that I have encountered in various Italian neighborhoods in the United States over the last several years of...