Thursday, November 6, 2008

November 7th, A Day To Honor Italian Americans, Who Served In World War II.

November 7th, marks a very important day for veterans of the Italian-American community. On November 7, 2000 Congress passed the Wartime Violation of Italian American Civil Liberties Act. This act was passed to help discuss the injustices brought to the Italian-Americans who served in the second world war. Congress felt that the story on how the Italian-American's freedoms and civil liberties were violated could help educate newer generations about civil liberties and how freedom and liberty should never be taken for granted.

This topic is especially sensitive for me as well, World War II is where my grandfather lost his life. It wasn't until recently that the Italian government actually notified my father of the supposed resting place of my grandfather. At first he was claimed MIA, then years later there was documentation that he was killed in action somewhere in Northern Italy. Having a family member in World War II, leaves us very interested in knowing about the freedoms and violations that occurred to many especially the Italians, who at that point were also fighting for freedom. Anyway, its truly an interesting topic and here is the link to the actual act passed by Congress.

http://www.usdoj.gov/crt/wviacla.php
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