NEW YORK, April 27, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Columbus Citizens Foundation is thrilled with the Colorado House State, Veterans and Military Committee's recent vote of 7 to 2 rejecting a bill that would have ended the celebration of Columbus Day as a state holiday.
Colorado was the first state to recognize Columbus Day in 1907, when Italian-American Denver resident Angelo Noce lobbied for its recognition as a state holiday. In 1937, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt proclaimed the celebration of Columbus Day as a federal holiday.
Board President of the Columbus Citizens Foundation, Angelo Vivolo, had this to say; "We are thrilled that Colorado will continue to celebrate this American holiday as a day to honor Italian-American culture, heritage and achievements. We offer our thanks to Richard SaBell of OSIA and all those who gave their time and testimony in support of the preservation of Columbus Day in their home state. As a foundation, we pledge our support to all those who seek to keep this holiday alive. We uphold the celebration of Columbus Day in honor of our parents and grandparents, and we hope it will long remain a day that celebrates all manner of American achievements."
The Columbus Citizens Foundation organizes New York City's Columbus Day Parade annually and is dedicated to the celebration of Italian-American identity and the creation of opportunities for the next generation of Italian-Americans. The 87th Annual Columbus Day Parade will be held on Monday, October 10, 2016.
MORE ABOUT THE COLUMBUS CITIZENS FOUNDATION
The Columbus Citizens Foundation is 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 Italian-American students through various scholarship and grant programs. The Foundation organizes New York City's annual Columbus Celebration and Columbus Day Parade, which has celebrated Italian-American heritage on New York's Fifth Avenue since 1929. For more information, contact email@example.com
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