It is most important that both Speaker Boehner and Representative Pascrell know that there is strong support in the Italian American community for the ceremony. Please do your part!

While you are doing this, please ask Rep. Pascrell to introduce a resolution in Congress to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Italian unification. (Italy officially became a country on March 17, 1861). While there is a bill in the House, H.R. 742, and a bill in the Senate, S.369, to do this, which, by the way, has the support of the National Italian American Foundation (NIAF), it is also burdened with giving a Gold Medal to Giuseppe Garibaldi, a leader of the Italian unification movement. This means the House bill is required to have 290 co-sponsors and the Senate version will need 67 co-sponsors before being brought up for a vote. (This is the requirement for all Gold Medal bills, including Brumidi’s).

Four and a half months after introduction (Feb. 16), the House bill has TWO co-sponsors and the Senate bill has ONE co-sponsor! After working with members of Congress on Italian-American related bills and resolutions for nearly eight years, it is my conclusion that neither of these bills will ever be passed without a monumental effort by its sponsors, plus a miracle, and certainly not this year. And, if so, the Congress of the United States will not pay its respects to Italy, one of our greatest allies, in its big anniversary year.

So, please contact by e-mail or phone Representative Bill Pascrell, Jr. and ask him to introduce a concurrent resolution to recognize the Republic of Italy on the 150th Anniversary of its Unification. (E-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 202.225.5751).  Below you will find a sample letter you can use to mail to Speaker Boehner.

Please do not put this aside for tomorrow.  Do it today and you can be part of this just cause!

Many thanks!

TODAYS DATE

The Honorable John A. Boehner
Speaker, U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, D.C. 20515

Re: Request that Speaker Boehner schedule a ceremony in the Rotunda of the Capitol to award Constantino Brumidi the Congressional Gold Medal, posthumously.

Dear Mr. Speaker:

FIRST PARAGRAPH: IF YOU HAVE A LEADERSHIP ROLE IN AN I-A ORGANIZATION IDENTIFY YOURSELF AS SUCH AND WHAT YOUR ORGANIZATION DOES.

Three years ago (July 1, 2008), President Bush signed the legislation awarding the Congressional Gold Medal, posthumously, to Constantino Brumidi. I have been informed that the medal has been designed and cast and is ready for presentation by the Congress

Please schedule a ceremony this year in the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol to officially award the Medal, posthumously, to Constantino Brumidi. It is my understanding that the while the legislation requires a presentation ceremony, the decision when to hold such a ceremony is in your hands.

Of course, awarding the nation's highest civilian award in the nation's most important ceremonial space -- the Rotunda of the Capitol, is extremely prestigious. Such a presentation would mean a lot to the Italian American community and the Greek American community (Brumidi's father was Greek). The great symbolism of Brumidi, posthumously receiving the Gold Medal beneath the two masterpieces he created: The Apotheosis of Washington in the eye of the dome and the Frieze of American History around the Rotunda would be apparent to all. For nearly 150 years, millions upon millions of visitors to the Capitol have been inspired by his artistic creations. It is important that the Congress take one day to acknowledge what Brumidi has given to his adopted country.

Finally, 2011 is the 150th anniversary of Italian unification.A presentation ceremony this year would be a reminder of all the shared values between the United States and Italy, one of our greatest allies.

Thank you for your attention to this matter.

Respectfully yours,

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