64th anniversary of the Republic of Italy Cleveland Italian Cultural Garden June 5,2010
The 64th anniversary of the Republic of Italy was celebrated in style at the beautiful Italian Cultural Garden. Guests toured the Garden, sipped wine and munched on Italian delicacies.
Joyce Mariani with Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson
A formal program included remarks from Joyce Mariani, Executive Director of the Italian Cultural Garden Foundation as well as Marco Nobili, Consul of Italy in Detroit and various politicians and officials.
A Color Guard consisting of Italian veterans from Post # 1 of Lorain, Ohio presented the Flag.
The Color Guard preparing to march
Then the US National Anthem was sung followed by the Italian National Anthem, "Fratelli d'Italia."
The Abruzzo Earthquake Fund of NE Ohio raised $97,000 for the victims of the April 6, 2009 earthquake and gave a check to the Mayor of Capistrano at the event.
Gianfranco Gentile greeting Giuseppe Marulli, Mayor of Capistrano
Consul Marco Nobili placed a commemorative wreath at the Italian Veterans memorial.
Italian Consul Marco Nobili
Enjoy these photos and videos from the celebration.
Italian Consul Marco Nobili, Honorary Consul Serena Scaiola, Joyce Mariani and Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson
Joyce Mariani gives a brief history of the Italian Cultural Garden
Gino Colage, Paul Sciria and Lucy Selvaggio Sticken
Cleveland City Councilman Jeff Johnson and Ray Saikus
Linda Lanci and Basil Russo
What would the world be like without Italy and Italians?
Italian Consul Marco Nobili explaining the Veterans Rock to Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson
Italian Club presidents presenting a check to Mayor Giuseppe Marulli for the victims of the Abruzzo earthquake
Fran and Paul Burik
Jim Trakas with Linda and Ken Lanci
Gaetano Cecchini admiring an Alfa Romeo
Peggy Zone Fisher, Joyce Mariani and Beth Zone
Italian Garden creator Philip Garbo's daughter Ina (96 years young!) flanked by son and son-in-law
Italian Consul Marco Nobili with Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson
La Gazzetta Italiana Editor Paul Sciria, Pam Dorazio Dean, Curator Italian Culture Historical Society, Brian Dean and Russell Davis
Lino Scamardella, President COMITES Detroit, Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson, Gianfranco Gentile, Giuseppe Marulli, Mayor of Caprestrano and Marco Nobili, Consul of Italy
Nick Anthony with County Commissioner Peter Lawson Jones
Italian Consul Marco Nobili and Honorary Consul Serena Scaiola in front of a bust of Virgil in the Italian Cultural Garden