FAIRFIELD, N.J., Aug. 24, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Thomas J. Vaughn Jr., President of UNICO National, released the following statement regarding this issue:
"Columbus represents the contributions that Italians and Italian-Americans have made to make our country great. Applying 21st century morality to 15th century standards is not fair to anyone, let alone someone whose feat of connecting Europe to the Americas advanced civilization as we know it.
"As President of UNICO National, an Italian-American service organization that raises and contributes millions of dollars annually to people of all ethnicity and races, I find it disturbing that Christopher Columbus and Columbus Day are being singled out for revisionist history which seeks to tarnish this great achievement. As Italian-Americans we embrace our culture and heritage and look to preserve it. Let us embrace and learn from our history, not bury it."
UNICO National is the largest Italian American Service Organization in the United States. Our headquarters are located in Fairfield, NJ and we are made up over one hundred chapters around the country. Our mission is to promote and enhance the Image of Italian Americans; for members to be of service to the community; to promote Italian heritage and culture; to promote, support and assist charitable, scientific, cultural, educational, and literary projects; to promote members' interest in public welfare; and, to cooperate with others in civic, social and cultural development. www.unico.org