Vineland Celebrates Columbus Day and its Italian Heritage

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VINELAND, N.J. -

Communities across South Jersey celebrated Columbus Day on Monday, Oct. 9th, despite the wet weather.

The City of Vineland held its annual Columbus Day celebration to honor the community's Italian heritage.

State, local officials as well as members of the community gathered at City Hall for the celebration, using their day off as a way to join together.

"It's significant because of so many people who have come from the Italian heritage and background," said Vineland Mayor Anthony Fanucci. "It's a significant event marking that culture and that history, and people take this as a very enjoyable holiday and a time to really reflect upon what means the most to you, your family values and, you know, just pride."

The event included the singing of both the American National Anthem and the Italian National Anthem, as well as a group prayer, and speakers shared history and facts about Christopher Columbus and what the Italian heritage means to them.

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