The Constantino Brumidi Society
Joseph N. Grano, Chair,
3881 Newark St., NW, Washington, D.C. 20016
July 1, 2011,da: email@example.com
Dear Concerned Italophile:
WHAT CONGRESS OWES ITALY AND
1. Ask Speaker John Boehner to hold a Gold Medal Ceremony in
the Rotunda for Constantino Brumidi, this fall. (202.225.0600)
2. Ask Representative Bill Pascrell, Jr. to introduce a resolution in Congress to recognize the 150th anniversary of Italian unification. (202.225.5751)
3. Read the sample letter to Speaker John Boehner, below, and e-mail your version of it to Kristen Molloy in Rep. Bill Pascrell's office. (Kristen.Molloy@mail.house.gov)
4. Please forward this letter to your friends, family and colleagues.
FIRST: Today, Friday, July 1, 2011 is the third anniversary of President George Bush's signing of the legislation to award Constantino Brumidi, The Artist of the Capitol, the nation’s most prestigious commendation – The Congressional Gold Medal.
For reasons, I do not have the space to get into, the Medal, though designed and cast has never been posthumously presented to Brumidi, though this presentation is customarily done for Gold Medal recipients in the Rotunda, with an elaborate ceremony, ironically, beneath Brumidi’s two masterpieces -- The Apotheosis of Washington in the eye of the dome and the Frieze of American History around the Rotunda. (By the way, the Brumidi legislation, itself, requires that a presentation be made, but the actual timing of the event is not specified).
It seems to me that holding the ceremony, this year, on the 150th anniversary of Italian unification would be most appropriate and symbolic and be of benefit to the Italian-American community, as well as Italy.
Representative Bill Pascrell, sponsor of the legislation and co-chair of The Italian American Congressional Delegation is making a strong, concerted effort to have the Medal presented this fall. The person who will be most responsible for making the decision on whether to hold the ceremony is House Speaker John A. Boehner. I am therefore asking you to write a letter addressed to Speaker Boehner requesting that the presentation be made and send it to Rep. Pascrell’s office where it will be forwarded to the Speaker's office. (Sample letter with instructions is below).
It is most important that both Speaker Boehner and Representative Pascrell know that there is strong support in the Italian American community for the ceremony. Please do your part! Thank you.