October, 10th, 2009, several members and their families of Our
Lady Mount Carmel Society of Enfield, CT watched as the Italian
flag was raised at the state capitol in Hartford, CT. It was an
honor to be chosen as the Italian organization to represent our
heritage on this Columbus Day weekend.
some of the photos in the "Activities/Pictures" section of our
following is the inspirational address spoken by Fr. Anthony
Bruno, Chaplain of Our Lady Mount Carmel Society, Enfield, CT :
we thank you for the opportunity to be present here today as
members of the Mt. Carmel Society, proudly representing the
thousands of Italian-American citizens of this great state of
Americans, citizens of the greatest country in the world. One
reason for its greatness is because of the contributions that
our ancestors, and we also, have made to it and
to make to it.
discovered by Christopher Columbus, who we remember in a special
way this weekend, and it was named after another Italian,
Amerigo Vespucci. Our Italian ancestors and we, their
Italian-American descendents, have enriched our wonderful
country in the fields of government, science, music, literature,
academia, medicine, science law, business, sports,
the military etc. There is no part of this great nation that is
not represented by notable persons of Italian ancestry.
and Italian flags, both flying high this day, are visible
reminders of our love to two nations. We are Americans - first
are stirred and our emotions surface when we proudly stand for
the playing of our Star Spangled
May our great nation always be the home of the brave and the
land of the free. As one folk song says: this land is your
land, this land is my land.
And we thank
God that our ancestors courageously ventured from their country
of origin, working and sacrificing in this land of opportunity.
We are beneficiaries of their efforts. May we never forget our
ancestral roots as we help Americans continue to grow and
prosper using gifts and talents.
prayer is always: God bless America. "