The Board of County Commissioners invites residents to Union County’s 14th Annual Columbus Day Flag Raising event. The ceremony will take place Friday, October 7th, at 1:00 p.m., on the steps of the historic Union County Courthouse, located at 2 Broad Street in Elizabeth.
“We are proud of the achievements of Italian Americans who have made amazing contributions in all facets of our daily lives,” said Union County Commissioner Chair Rebecca L. Williams, who is emceeing the program. “We will once again recognize the hard work and dedication of Italian-Americans across our great nation and especially within Union County.”
Colleen Gialanella, Principal of the Union County Academy for Information Technology, will be the Keynote Speaker at the flag raising, where she will also receive a resolution from the Board of County Commissioners.
“As a Commissioner of Italian descent, it is always a great honor to see the Italian flag flown over the County seat as we commemorate Columbus Day,” said Commissioner Alexander Mirabella. “We welcome all residents to join us in celebrating Italian American pride on October 7.”
The nation’s largest Italian American Service Organization, UNICO will be represented at the ceremony. UNICO operates nationally and through local chapters and their members engage in promoting and defending Italian culture and heritage, as well as providing scholarships, engaging in community service and other philanthropic endeavors. Members from UNICO National, UNICO District X, Westfield UNICO, Clark UNICO and Kenilworth UNICO are all confirmed to attend and participate in the ceremony.
The Italian American Police Society of New Jersey will also be represented by President William Schievella.
“Individuals like Ms. Gialanella and organizations like UNICO and the IAPS work tirelessly to stay connected to their Italian roots on a daily basis,” said Commissioner Kimberly Palmieri-Mouded. “It is a pleasure to have them with us as we celebrate.”
Italian-style refreshments and pastries will be served at the conclusion of the program.
Paid parking is available in the Midtown area at the J. Christian Bollwage Parking deck at Elizabethtown Plaza and Caldwell Place. A second deck is Elizabeth’s Parking Deck No. 6 on Jefferson Avenue and Dickinson Street—the entrance is on Dickinson Street.
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