SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – It is the beginning of Italian Heritage Month in the city of Springfield. Dozens of Italian-Americans, whose immigrant parents settled in the city’s South End, gathered Thursday at the foot of the Christopher Columbus statue. The statue stands as an iconic symbol of starting a new life in a new country.
“My father always insisted in me to be very proud of being Italian,” Toni Baldini of Springfield said.
Stephanie Spolzino, Vice President of the Italian Cultural Center, talked about her family ties to the South End. “My father, for many years, worked at the Howard Street School- now the Zanetti School- for 40 years. He worked there, he actually went to school there,” she said.
Mayor Domenic Sarno received the Italian flag that will fly outside Springfield City Hall for the entire month of October.