International Mother Language Day 2017

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PROCLAMATION

WHEREAS, on May 9th, 1940, Carmelina Fanelli departed from the Provincia di Campobasso in Southern Italy on a maiden voyage abroad the Rex Italian oceanliner to make the 3,000 mile journey to America. Carmelina left her hometown of Italy with her mother,Philomena Fanelli and two siblings: Nicolena and Jean, leaving behind many relatives, friends and, of course, boyfriends,

Therefore I, Thomas N. Micozzie, Mayor of the Upper Darby Township, along with Township Council, proclaim February 21, 2017 as

INTERNATIONAL MOTHER LANGUAGE DAY

In Upper Darby Township, I encourage all residents to raise awareness for multiethnic and multilingual diversity and to recognize the rich cultural traditions of which mother language is one of the most precious.