Presentation of I Cavalieri in America

I Cavalieri in America, the book by the American Society of the Italian Legions of Merit devoted to the personalities who were decorated by the Italian Republic and reside in the U.S. and Canada, was presented to the press on December 7, 2015.

The presentation took place during a reception in a room of the restaurant Le Cirque in Manhattan in the presence of members of the Board of Directors of the ASILM.

The book, in an elegant and prestigious typography, collects profiles and photographs of personalities decorated, divided into the various orders of Merit of the Italian Republic and includes the names of some of the most famous Italians and Americans.

During the presentation ceremony, ASILM President Dr. Lucio Caputo, addressing those present, stressed the great importance that this unprecedented publication plays in giving further prominence to all decorated individuals. Caputo then recalled, with deep gratitude, the message of President Sergio Mattarella who expressed his gratitude “to all those who – awarded with an honorable decoration – have contributed, each in their own field of activity, to the prestige and well-being of our country.”

Dr. Caputo also thanked the Cav. di Gran Croce Hon. Lawrence Auriana, Cav. di Gran Croce Hon. Frank J. Guarini, Cav. di Gran Croce Hon. Peter F. Secchia, Gr. Uff. Ambassador Daniele D. Bodini, Cav. Vivian Cardia, Cav. Ralph DeFronzo, Cav. Joseph Perella and Mr. Nicholas Gravante Jr. for generously contributing to the printing costs of the book.

Special thanks then went to members of the diplomatic corps, and in particular to the Consul General Natalia Quintavalle, to all members of the ASILM Board, and honorary president of Cav. di Gran Croce Hon. Dominic Massaro.

In extending the greetings of the Consulate General of Italy, Isabella Periotto Vice, Consul in New York, said that she was delighted at the challenging implementation of the volume and thanked President Caputo for having accomplished this.

“The book,” she said, “is a rich source of information for the combination of the name, the decor and the photo of the decorated which provides the curriculum.” Consul Periotto also expressed thanks for inclusion of decorated diplomats currently serving in North America in the volume.

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