Independence Day at the U.S. Consulate in Naples: This year with a special “snowflakes flag”

“The enduring bond between Americans and Italians continues to be based on a shared spirit of generosity and compassion, a culture of tolerance and respect for others, a mutual love of liberty, and a long history of partnership in business, the arts, science, and politics.” With these words Consul General Mary Ellen Countryman underlined the ... Read More»

Celebrating the 241st Anniversary of America’s Independence at the Castello Sforzesco in Milan.

Consul General Reeker highlighted that in 2017, we mark the 70th anniversary of something that will continue to bind Italy and the United States together: The Marshall Plan. He went on to say, “The spirit of the Marshall Plan is as needed now as it was seventy years ago, ” and added “the success of ... Read More»

Remarks by Consul General Amb. Philip T. Reeker on Independence Day 2017

In 2017 we mark the 70th anniversary of something that will always bind our two countries together: The Marshall Plan. As the German Marshall Fund reminds us, the Secretary of State George Marshall’s plan was an audacious, innovative strategy to tackle the most pressing challenges of its time. In 1947, Europe was reeling from the ... Read More»

Remarks for the 241st Anniversary of U.S. Independence

First, I want to thank the Italian and American civilian and military representatives who are here with us tonight. We honor your service and dedication to country and people. It’s a special honor for me to welcome this evening the Prefect of Naples Carmela Pagano, the Mayor of Naples Luigi De Magistris, as well as ... Read More»

Chargé d’Affaires Kelly Degnan Celebrates Independence Day 2017

Over the past year since we last celebrated together here, we’ve seen some transitions in America, Italy, and Europe. Those transitions brought new faces, new thinking, and sometimes different approaches, as transitions often do. What has not changed, though, is the fundamental friendship between Americans and Italians, which we are also celebrating here tonight. We ... Read More»

Independence Day at the American Consulate in Florence

I am only one in a long chain of Consuls General who have served our country from Florence, and all of us leave a piece of ourselves here when we go. This city, which over hundreds of years has generated international dialogue, revolutionary art, and controversial philosophy, inspires us all. If I had to pick ... Read More»
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