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Columbus Circle Annual Wreath Laying

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 world history.

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.

Images from Past Wreath Laying Events

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2014
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2013 
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2012
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2011
Grand Marshal Joseph Plumeri with all Presidents of the Columbia Associatons, presenting the honorary wreath
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2010
Grand Marshal Maria Bartiromo and Joseph Guagliardo in front of Columbus monument
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2009
Chairman of the Board Lawrence Auriana & Italian Minister of Defense Ignazio La Russa
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2008
Admiral Edmund P. Giambastiani, Jr. (Ret.) addresses the crowd gathered at Columbus Circle
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2007
Sculptor Pasquale Basile (center left) presents his sculpture 'Columbus Day' to the Foundation_ also present, Hon. Richard Greco, Chairman of the Board Lawrence Auriana, and President Louis Tallarini
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2006
Chairman of the Board Lawrence Auriana addresses the crowd at Columbus Circle
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