New York Native Son General Peter Pace, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Named Grand Marshal of 62nd Annual Columbus Day Parade

Sep 28, 2006, 01:00 ET from Columbus Citizens Foundation

    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
     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
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                     F 212.222.3188
                     Giuliana Ridolfi Cardillo
                     Press Officer
                     Italian Cultural Institute
                     T 212.879.4242 x 324
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SOURCE Columbus Citizens Foundation