150 Years of Unity – 150 Anni di Unità

Ho ricevuto una mail da Domenico Aspro (Gagliato) nella quale ha comunicato che l’associazione De Luca, l’associazione Ergon, la Pro-Loco, il Consiglio Pastorale della parrocchia San Nicola Vescovo e l’Amministrazione Comunale stanno organizzando per giorno 17 luglio 2011 la “Giornata dei 150 anni” (il titolo definitivo lo comunicherà con l’intero programma) dedicata agli emigranti. E scrive che questa iniziativa e’ molto voluta al fine di cominciare a trovare momenti di collaborazione fra tutti i soggetti operanti a Gagliato. Hanno scelto il tema dell’Unità d’Italia quale auspicio di unità e condivisione fra tutti i gagliatesi presenti ed assenti.

Ho speranza e fiducia ch’è arrivato il momento adatto per mettere via ogni divisione che per tanti anni è esistita all’interno della nostra comunità.

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2011 is the 150th Anniversary of the unification of Italy, and so it’s a year of celebration! Despite the fact that the “official date” was on March 17th, the majority of the celebratory events will take place between March and November.

And, because of the hard work of many individuals, our own Gagliato will be hosting an official “Giornata dei 150 anni“, tentatively set for July 17, 2011. The date and the specific program and “title” of the celebration will be announced in the near future. The tentative working date was established to facilitate the involvement of the various organizing committees – from the Cultural Association Gianni De Luca, the Cultural Association Ergon, the Pro-Loco Committee, the Pastoral Counsel of the San Nicola Vescovo Church and the Administration of the Comune. And yes, for the very first timethis will be a joint effort. According to Domenico Aspro, the theme of the Unification of Italy was chosen as a harbinger of unity and sharing among all Gagliato present and absent. The day will be dedicated to all emigrants.

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The official unification day was March 17, 1861. After the independent states came together, the union became known as the Kingdom of Italy. Yes – “King-dom” – because a King was declaredVittorio Emanuele II. And the seat of the first parliament was in Torino, not Rome. The “Kingdom of Italy” remained thus until 1946, when Italy became a Republic.

During these first 150 years, Italy had 4 kings during the initial 85 years, all from the House of Savoy:

  • Vittorio Emanuele II (1861-78) was the former King of Sardegna and became the first King of Italy;
  • Umberto I (1878-1900) was the King who approved the Triple Alliance with Germany and Austria-Hungary and was assassinated in 1900;
  • Vittorio Emanuele III (1900-46) was King during the First and Second World Wars, including the period under the Fascist regime of Benito Mussolini;
  • Umberto II (1946) was the last King of Italy and went into exile after a referendum which transformed Italy into a parliamentary republic.

And, since becoming La Repubblica Italiana (1946), there have been 11 different Presidents, 54 different Prime Ministers, and 16 Legislatures (elections).

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So, this is your “heads-up” on this very unique event. If there ever was or will be a “perfect” time to visit our home town, this will be it!