Celebrate Italian American Heritage Month

Happy Italian American Heritage Month from the Sons of Italy!

Did you know that Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito has this poem, “I am an Italian American,” by Angelo Bianchi, Esq., Sons of Italy Foundation trustee, hanging in his office?

In honor of Italian American Heritage Month, we wanted to share this proud poem with you, as well. October is the month to embrace your Italian-American roots, share with us how you’re celebrating!

“I am an Italian-American”
Angelo Bianchi, Esq., 1982

I am an Italian-American. My roots are deep in an ancient soil, drenched by the Mediterranean sun, and watered by pure streams from snow capped mountains.

I am enriched by thousands of years of culture. My hands are those of the mason, the artist, the man of the soil.

My thoughts have been recounted in the annals of Rome, the poetry of Virgil, the creations of Dante, and the philosophy of Benedetto Croce.

I am an Italian-American, and from my ancient world, I first spanned the seas to the New World.

I am Cristoforo Colombo.

I am Giovanne Caboto known in American History as John Cabot, discoverer of the mainland of North America.

I am Amerigo Vespucci, who gave my name to the New World, America.

First to sail on the Great Lakes in 1679, founder of the territory that became the State of Illinois, colonizer of Louisiana and Arkansas, I am Enrico Tonti.

I am Filippo Mazzei friend of Thomas Jefferson, and my thesis on the equality of man was written into the Bill of Rights.

I am William Paca, signer of the Declaration of Independence.

I am an Italian-American; I financed the Northwest Expedition of George Rogers Clark and accompanied him through the lands that would become Ohio, Indiana, Wisconsin and Michigan.

I am Colonel Francesco Vigo.

I mapped the Pacific from Mexico to Alaska and to the Philippines, I am Alessandro Malaspina.

I am Giacomo Belinimi, discoverer of the source of the Mississippi River in 1823.

I created the Dome of the United States Capitol. They call me the Michelangelo of America. I am Constantino Brumidi.

In 1904, I founded in San Francisco, the Bank of Italy now known as the Bank of America, the largest financial institution in the world, I am A.P. Giannini.

I am Enrico Fermi, father of nuclear science in America.

I am Steve Geppi, founder of Diamond Comics, the largest distributorship of comics on the planet.

I am the first enlisted man to earn the Medal of Honor in World War II; I am John Basilone of New Jersey. I am an Italian-American.

I am the million strong who served in America’s armies and the tens of thousands whose names are enshrined in military cemeteries from Guadalcanal to the Rhine.

I am the steel maker in Pittsburgh, the grower in the Imperial Valley of California, the textile designer in Manhattan, the movie maker in Hollywood, the homemaker and the breadwinner in over 10,000 communities.

I am an American without stint or reservation, loving this land as only one who understands history, its agonies and its triumphs can love and serve it.

Will not be told that my contribution is any less nor my role not as worthy as that of any other American.

I will stand in support of this nation’s freedom and protect against all foes.

My heritage has dedicated me to this nation. I am proud of my heritage, and I shall remain worthy of it.

I am an Italian-American.

10 thoughts on “Celebrate Italian American Heritage Month

  1. I am proud to say that many members of my family have defended America throughout our history and two uncles and cousins made the ultimate sacrifice for America. I am proud to be Italian American!

  2. Thank you for posting this absolutely beautiful prose/poem ! It hits me right in the heart !! I am a Chiropractic Physician and not a day goes by that I do not reaffirm my roots to my patients and the world . I am so proud to say as well that my very education, my ability to go onto College and Graduate school was a scholarship gift from my Figli d’Italia groups and other Italian Americans in NYC and I sometimes find it hard to believe that this little Napolitana girl that I am , born of very humble uneducated parents , find myself in the position I am today . I have become an ambassador of the Italian culture and language to all those around me . I have never forgotten my roots and have always believed that in me , in my genes , in my blood , is the experience of my ancestors who together have helped me and made me who I am today ! Your poem/prose says very eloquently what I have embraced in my heart ! With every breath that I take and every day that I live , I do so with the honor and passion of my land and people of Italia, in this new home I call America ! Thank you so much again ! Ciao Ciao !!

  3. I am a Proud Italian American and a member and am quite dissappointed in the decision to allow the Grand Marshall of a our town to be of African decent. Had this been any other heritage parade , be it Irish, Polish or African, this would not be allowed. The town is Portchester Ny. The Parade was cancelled due to inclement weather and is reschedualed for Sunday October 14, 2012. This is about our Heritage not race.

  4. I am Angelo Bianchi the author of the I Am an Italian American poem. I am so glad my poem has inspired the comments above. We must continue to maintain our heritage through the education of our children by teaching them of the accomplishments of Italians and Italian Americans. Ciao!

    • Your poem is wonderful, Angelo. I would love you to come on my radio show, The ITALIAN Art of Living Well, and talk about what inspired you to write it. If interested please drop me a line on the show’s FB page. Look forward to hearing from you! Raeleen Mautner.

  5. I agree with Mr. Bianchi. The education of our children in the accomplishments of Italians and Italian Americans is of the utmost importance. Today’s teachers do not seem to want to do that ! That your poem could be standard curriculum in the schools!

  6. I don’t see any Italian American women mentioned so I guess a new poem is in order. After all, all Italian American came from either Italian moms, or Italian American moms, and we are a matriarchal society. And many of us are noteworthy in our own right!

  7. Angelo Bianchi – Thank you for writing such a beautiful and inspirational poem. We have so much to be proud of and we want to further contribute to enriching America by applying the same morals, ethics and traditions of our ancestors. I sincerely hope that your poem is widely circulated, especially among our children. God bless you, Mr. Bianchi!

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