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9/28/2015 - Hamilton’s Annual Italian Flag Raising Ceremony to Take Place on Friday, October 2nd

Hamilton’s Annual Italian Flag Raising Ceremony

to Take Place on Friday, October 2nd 

Mayor Kelly Yaede is inviting residents to join her and members of the Mercer County Italian American community as they celebrate Italian-American culture with Hamilton’s annual Italian Flag Raising Ceremony. 

Hamilton’s Italian Flag Raising Ceremony will take place on Friday, October 2nd beginning with a ceremony at 12 p.m. Noon outside of the Hamilton Township Municipal Building (located at 2090 Greenwood Avenue).  

Dignitaries and special guests participating in the ceremony will include Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno, Mayor Kelly Yaede, Mercer County Italian American Festival Association President - John Scarpati, the 2015 Columbus Day Gala Honorees - Former Trenton City Councilman Gino Melone and Richard Tonti, Proprietor of Pete’s Steakhouse and Tavern, Columbus Day Gala Chairman - Frank D. Bruno, Pastor Emeritus of St. Michael Church in Trenton, NJ and St. George Church, Titusville - Rev. Monsignor James J. Innocenzi,  Honorary Vice Consul to Italy in Trenton Emeritus - Dr. Gilda Rorro-Baldassari, the Marine Corps League - Trenton Detachment #207, as well as members of the Nottingham High School and Hamilton High School West Italian Clubs, the Chair of Nottingham High School’s Italian Language Department - Professore Frank A. Campione, J.D., and the Chair of Hamilton High School West’s World Languages Department - Signora Alberta Baril. Throughout the year, the Township displays the flags of several nations at the request of local ethnic organizations to honor the many ethnic groups that make up Hamilton Township and have so greatly contributed to the community.  The Italian flag raising ceremony, at the request of the Mercer County Italian American Festival Association, continues this longstanding tradition.  

 In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will still be held inside the Hamilton Township Council Chambers, while the Italian Flag will subsequently be raised once the inclement weather subsides.