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ST THE ITALIAN-AMERICAN VOICE OF MASSACHUSETTS ETT00 L (Formerly LA GAZZETTA del MASSACHUSETTS) VOL. 116 - NO. 22 BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, JUNE 1, 2012 $.30 A COPY Remembering D-DAY Faces of D-Day: Allied troops packed tightly into an aquatic landing craft wait for their turn to face the Germans at Normandy. (Photo Credit: Corbis) On June 6, 1944, 160,000 Allied troops landed along a .50-mile stretch of heavily-fortified French coastline to fight Nazi Germany on the beaches of Normandy, France. General Dwight D. Eisenhower called the operation a crusade in which "we will accept nothing less than full : ......... victoryMore ' than 5,000ships and 13.000 aircraft sttp ............. ii - ported the D-Day invasion, and by day's end on June 6, the Allies gained a foot-hold in Normandy. The D-Day cost was high -- more than 9,000 Allied Soldiers were killed or wounded -- but more than 100,000 Soldiers began the march across Europe to defeat Hitler. Put a Halo Over the President's Head I had to laugh looking at the cover of Newsweek Magazine recently that had a photo of Obama with a rainbow-colored halo above his head. Down below was written: "The First Gay President." Ap- parently rushed into "evolving" over the gay mar- riage issue by his tongue-challenged impetuous vice president, President Obama embraced what can only be viewed as a logical contradiction. How can you call gay marriage today the moral equiva- lent of yesterday's battles for civil rights and then say at the same time that this moral issue should be decided at the state level? The civil rights movement was a national issue and had it been left to the states to decide, we would have had states that would still have segregation as law. A civil right covers all 50 states or none at all. The president's evolution is obviously more about politics and not principle. He's looking for votes in all the right places which means he rides the median strip risking danger at every turn. In the end, he lost votes instead of gaining any across the board. It is a losing proposition and bad politi- cal strategy too. Did Obama Have His Own "Elizabeth Warren Cherokee" Moment? Recently, if you listened to conservative talk radio, you heard about a 1991 booklet put together {Continued on Page 1 I) Prince Hall Freemasons Hold Annual Memorial Service at Copp's Hill Burying Ground by Matt Conti One of the enduring Me- morial Day events in Boston's North End is the annual Prince Hall Freema- sons Memorial Service at Copp's Hill Burying Ground. It is interesting to compare the similarity of today's event to the 1908 service shown on the sign near the grave site. Prince Hall (c.1735-1807) was the founder of "Black Freemasonry" in the United States, known today as Prince Hall Freemasonry and formed the African Grand Lodge where he was Grand Master. He was one of the first abolitionists. Prince Hall is buried in Copp's Hill Burying Ground in the North End in a marked grave. A monument was erected in 1835 next to the grave. Thousands of African Americans who lived in the colonial North End community at the base of Copp's Hill are buried here, mostly in unmarked graves. Italy inRecession .... : by Sagida Syed ............ As Italy is falling deeper and deeper into recession, the nation's mood is hit- ting an all time low. The economic crisis is on ev- erybody's mind and people have to deal with less spending money and an absurd inflation of every- day goods and services in- cluding rising fuel costs such as nearly two and a half dollars for a litre of petrol. The stylish shop- ping outlet villages that sprang up in the last de- cade are not short of visitors but customers are now un- willing to fork out thousands of $$$$ for some fancy dress (even on bargain priced last season's fashion!). Cinemas are crying out for viewers and the once exclusive hotels are slamming prices down to attract a less aristocratic clientele. The crisis is wor- rying businesses and civil servants alike. The changes to Article 18 of the Italian Constitution will make the labor market more flex- ible (despite the stronghold Unions still against it) but many will lose their jobs. One out of three Italians between the age of 15 and 35 is unemployed and, more worryingly, one out of five of the long term unemployed has stopped looking for em- ployment. Mothers to be are facing a grim future for FriuU - 9iulia Cagil Lazi Campani= 8ardegna . Paierrr'# Sardinia themselves and their chil- dren and the state pension is becoming a mirage hard to dream about. OK. This is the downside of the real difficult times. Let's have a look at the positive aspects. Families are getting back together again. Friendship, once a lost value, is becom- ing fashionable. People hang out together {not only to com- plain a great deal but to enjoy some quality time). They are learning to save money and to spend it more wisely. They recycle more {cobblers are lifting their shutters again). They change careers (no alternative) and they are dis- covering new talents hidden perhaps for a little too long under the culture of "special- ization." We all know that until recently, if you didn't have some specialization in a certain field you stood no chance to find a job even as a night shift security guard, The historic Italian heritage is coming back. Italians are rediscovering the spirit of doing every- thing, improvising, learn- ing new skills (remember Leonardo?) aiming for the unreachable. In this hard process of reinventing themselves, they still have no problem in getting the cash out when it comes to have a taste of the Mediter- ranean diet. Just have a look at the restaurants on a Sunday lunch hour: they're packed pretty much every- where. In the same way they open the wallet when it comes to take their pre- cious little ones to an amusement park. In other words, the crisis is biting real hard but Italians are learning to prioritize and surely, food and fun are part of a long lasting tradition, much loved and envied by the rest of the world and they will not give up any- thing for that. After all, they are the children of the Roman Empire, the de- scendents of the Renais- sance, the heirs of great conquerors, poets and musi- cians. What's wrong if they are claiming their position back in the world starting with what is on their dinner table?