Even before the Columbus Day Parade became an institution in 1929,
Columbus Circle was the site of an annual wreath laying that
commemorated Christopher Columbus’s historic voyage and the immigrants
who followed his path over the centuries. Members of the Italian
Benevolent Society and the Knights of Columbus marched to the monument
in a brief pilgrimage that recalled the event that changed the course of
Today, the wreath laying is held under the auspices of the
National Council of Columbian Associations in Civil Service in
conjunction with the Columbus Citizens Foundation. The wreath laying
features brief remarks by representatives of the Italian and Italian-American communities of New York and a short band performance.
In 1991, the Foundation raised $400,000 for the restoration and
maintenance of the Columbus Monument, located at Columbus Circle in New
York City. Designed by Gaetano Russo in 1892 and unveiled on the 400th
anniversary of Christopher Columbus’s historic voyage, the 13-foot tall
marble statue of the navigator and the 26-foot tall granite column on
which it stands had suffered nearly a century of neglect and the effects
of pollution. The conserved monument was unveiled in 1992 during the
500th anniversary of Columbus’s exploration. The restoration was
carried out by New York City’s Adopt-A-Monument Program.
If you have not been part of our Parade, we invite you to add your name to our long list of proud participants! To learn more about marching in the Parade, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 212-249-9923.
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For more information about the Mission of our Foundation and our philanthropic endeavors, contact our Executive Director, David Iommarini, at DIommarini@columbuscitizens.org.
Recognizing the incredible impact that our Italian heritage has had on our lives and its contribution to our individual successes, we the members of the Columbus Citizens Foundation dedicate ourselves to preserving and enhancing the culture, traditions and values we were so blessed to receive. Furthermore, we will commit to honor those that came before us by ensuring that their love of country, family and tireless work ethic are passed to our children and all future generations. We firmly commit to raise and distribute financial aid to educate children in need and pledge to extend ourselves in perpetuating the philanthropic work that has been synonymous with our Foundation.