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10/2/2017 - Hamilton’s Annual Italian Flag Raising Ceremony to Take Place on Friday, October 6th

Hamilton’s Annual Italian Flag Raising Ceremony to Take Place on Friday, October 6th


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 6th 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 Mayor Kelly Yaede, Council Vice President Ralph Mastrangelo, Mercer County Italian American Festival Association President - John Scarpati, the 2017 Columbus Day Gala Honorees –  former Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton CEO and former Assemblyman Anthony “Skip” Cimino and Carmen Guagliardo, Proprietor of Italian People’s Bakery, former Columbus Day Ball 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, members of the Marine Corps League - Trenton Detachment #207, members of the Steinert High School Select Girls Choir under the direction of Mr. Richard Schneider, students from Nottingham High School’s Italian Club along with Italian Professor Frank A. Campione, J.D. and students from Hamilton High School West.

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 outside once the inclement weather subsides.