WATERTOWN, N.Y. -- The City of Watertown celebrated its Italian roots with a flag raising ceremony on Columbus Day. The rain held off just long enough for the flag to go up over City Hall.
Local Italians says this ceremony shows that the city embraces the pride, culture and heritage and influence on Watertown that they have.
"It's really quite an honor, you know. Italian boys and Italian families have brought a lot to Watertown. We've brought gardens and fresh vegetables and hard work. My dad worked at the New York Air Brake. Some of the Italian boys worked on the railroad," said Watertown resident Ben Scordo.
"The people that stared this club, like Mr. Scordo's father and everyone, we owe all that to them. Because of them, we are where we are today. They made it so we could grow within the community," said Mark Verne, Italian American Civic Association President.
After the event, the crowd went to the Italian American Club for a special Columbus Day lunch.