New York Native Son General Peter Pace, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Named Grand Marshal of 62nd Annual Columbus Day Parade
NEW YORK, Sept. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- General Peter Pace, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will serve as Grand Marshal of the 2006 Columbus Day Parade in New York City, announced Louis Tallarini, President of the Columbus Citizens Foundation. General Pace will join members of the U.S. Marine Corps Band and 35,000 entertainers, dignitaries and civil servants for the largest celebration of Italian-American culture and heritage in the world. Music groups, flag dancers, marching bands and colorful floats will showcase Italian and Italian American tradition and innovation on the walk up Fifth Avenue. This year's parade will also feature major contingents from the Italian regions of Lombardy and Campania, which will present exhibitions in Vanderbilt Hall, Grand Central Terminal during the week before the parade. To be held on October 9, the parade kicks off at 11:45 A.M. at 44th Street and Fifth Avenue and is broadcast live on NBC affiliates and by RAI Italian television. "We are thrilled that General Pace will be Grand Marshal of this year's parade," said Mr. Tallarini. "General Pace is a great leader and a great Italian American who has risen to prominence by dedicating his career to the service of our country. We could not be prouder of his achievements or of his commitment to the United States and its Italian American community." "It is a distinct honor and pleasure for me to serve as the Grand Marshal of the Columbus Day parade in New York City. Columbus Day honors more than an Italian admiral who sailed west to discover a New World -- it honors the spirit that ventured into unknown waters in pursuit of a better tomorrow. I am especially honored to represent the 2.4 million incredible young men and women in uniform who serve this nation every day with that same spirit." "My dad was born in Italy in 1914. He came here to New York, became an electrician, worked very hard all of his life so that he and my mom could raise four children. There is no other nation on the planet that would allow an immigrant's son to be the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. I'm very proud of my Italian heritage, and proud of this great country that offers opportunity for all." General Pace, 59, has held command at virtually every level of the military, and in September 2005 was named Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, becoming the first Marine to hold the position. His father is from the Province of Noci in the Region of Puglia in southeast Italy. General Pace and his wife of 35 years, Lynn, have two children. The word "pace" in Italian means peace. General Pace's bio may be found at http://www.usmc.mil/genbios2.nsf/biographies/D6D82116E5BD7F8C8525705A00714D7D?opendocument. The Parade is organized by the Columbus Citizens Foundation, a non-profit organization in New York City committed to fostering an appreciation of Italian-American heritage and achievement. The Foundation, through a broad range of philanthropic and cultural activities, provides opportunities for advancement to deserving students through various scholarship and grant programs. During the 2006-2007 academic year, the Foundation is supporting the education of 749 students. For more information, visit http://www.columbuscitizensfd.org. Press contacts: Andrew Decker T 212.222.4688 F 212.222.3188 Andrew.Decker@att.net Giuliana Ridolfi Cardillo Press Officer Italian Cultural Institute T 212.879.4242 x 324 F 212.861.4018 firstname.lastname@example.org
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