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Italian Fallen Workers Memorial

On April 28, 2016, the Committee for the Italian Fallen Workers Memorial Project, along with Villa Charities, with the support of the Consul General of Italy, and an incredible family of donors, was proud to Formally Unveil the Italian Fallen Workers Memorial Wall, honouring almost 1000 workers of Italian origin killed in workplace tragedies across Ontario. In 2017, hundreds of names were added, broadening the project to include workers of Italian origin who were killed in these terrible tragedies across all of our great nation, from 1900 to today.
Click to read a letter of support for the Italian Fallen Workers Memorial from Villa Charities President and CEO Anthony DiCaitia

Memorial Ceremony, 2018

After arduous years of painstaking research, the Committee for the Italian Fallen Workers Memorial Project, under the banner of its sponsor Villa Charities, with the support of the Embassy of Italy in Canada, the Consulate General of Italy in Toronto, and many community and corporate donors, poignantly unveiled The Italian Fallen Workers Memorial Wall on the grounds of Columbus Centre on the 28th of April 2016.The Unveiling commemorated nearly 1000 Italian Fallen Workers who had been verified by that date, as having lost their lives to workplace tragedies over a span of a century of immigration to our great Canadian nation. On the 28th of the following year, another 600 verified names of Italian Fallen Workers were formally added to the Memorial Wall and duly recognized. Tragically, the staggering statistics have far surpassed the original design of the Memorial Wall, which no longer has space for the increasing numbers of Italian Fallen Workers, who have been discovered during the continuing research phase of this invaluable project.

This upcoming April 28th 2018, the families of the fallen workers, the Committee for the Italian Fallen Workers Memorial Project, Villa Charities, and our community at large, will be presented the Medaglia d’Oro al Merito Civile, one of the highest honours given by Italy, and being awarded in Canada for the first time ever. It is being awarded in memory of the extraordinary efforts made by Italian workers who with valiant determination, exceptional abnegation and the extraordinary efforts of their hard work, often in circumstances of great difficulty, and with a great tribute of lives paid, made vast contributions to the social and economic progress of Canada, bringing great honour to Italy as a whole.

This esteemed award will be presented to our community on Saturday April 28th, 2018 at 3 pm, at The Italian Fallen Workers Memorial Wall, Columbus Centre, Toronto.

For further information on this incredible historical project, please review our website: www.ItalianFallenWorkersMemorial.com, or find us on Facebook, our Youtube Channel, or email us directly at info@ItalianFallenWorkersMemorial.com.

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ITALIAN FALLEN WORKERS MEMORIAL PROJECT
c/o Columbus Centre, (Villa Charities) 901 Lawrence Avenue West, Toronto Ontario M6A 1C3

MEDIA INQUIRIES

Clara Lecis (Consulate General of Italy in Toronto): 416-848-1280
Jessica Patriquin (Maverick): 416-640-5525 X 230, jessicap@wearemaverick.com

www.italianFallenWorkersMemorial.com
Co-Ordinator’s Email: marinotoppan@hotmail.com
Administrator’s Email: info@ItalianFallenWorkersMemorial.com

 

Dopo anni di intensa ricerca, il 28 aprile 2016 il Comitato per la creazione del Memoriale ai Caduti italiani sul lavoro – sotto l’insegna del patrocinatore Villa Charities e con il sostegno dell’Ambasciata d’Italia in Canada, del Consolato Generale d’Italia a Toronto e di molti membri della communità ed aziende – inaugurò l’Italian Fallen Workers Memorial Wall, con una commovente cerimonia nei giardini del Columbus Centre di fronte a migliaia di persone. Nel Memoriale furono iscritti i nomi di quasi 1.000 italiani che avevano perso la vita in tragedie verificatesi sul posto di lavoro nel corso di un secolo di immigrazione italiana in Canada.

Il 28 aprile dell’anno successivo furono aggiunti al Memoriale 600 nomi di lavoratori italiani, la cui morte in circostanze legate al lavoro è stata documentata grazie al paziente e continuo lavoro del Comitato. Tragicamente, i numeri hanno di gran lunga superato il disegno originale del Memorial Wall sul quale non vi è altro spazio per aggiungere i nomi di altri caduti italiani sul lavoro.

In occasione del terzo anniversario del Memoriale e della Giornata mondiale per la salute e la sicurezza sul lavoro, il 28 aprile 2018 alle famiglie dei Caduti italiani sul lavoro, al Comitato per la creazione del Memoriale ai Caduti italiani sul lavoro e a Villa Charities sarà conferita la Medaglia d’Oro al Merito Civile, una delle più alte onorificenze concesse dall’Italia e che per la prima volta viene assegnata in Canada. La Medaglia d’Oro vuole rendere omaggio allo straordinario impegno profuso dai lavoratori italiani, i quali con encomiabile determinazione, eccezionale abnegazione nell’affrontare il duro lavoro, spesso in condizioni di massima difficoltà e con l’estremo tributo della propria vita, hanno contribuito al progresso sociale ed economico del Canada, dando lustro all’Italia tutta.

L’onorificenza verrà presentata in una cerimonia che si terrà alle ore 15.00 di sabato 28 aprile presso l’Italian Fallen Workers Memorial Wall nei giardini del Columbus Centre.

Per ulteriori informazioni su questo incredibile progetto si prega di visitare il sito www.MonumentoAiCaduti.com, oppure di collegarsi su Facebook, su Youtube Channel o di scrivere per email direttamente ad info@monumentoaicaduti.com.

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ITALIAN FALLEN WORKERS MEMORIAL PROJECT

c/o Columbus Centre, (Villa Charities) 901 Lawrence Avenue West, Toronto Ontario M6A 1C3

MEDIA INQUIRIES

Clara Lecis (Consulate General of Italy in Toronto): 416-848-1280
Jessica Patriquin (Maverick): 416-640-5525 X 230, jessicap@wearemaverick.com

www.italianFallenWorkersMemorial.com
Co-Ordinator’s Email: marinotoppan@hotmail.com
Administrator’s Email: info@ItalianFallenWorkersMemorial.com

 THE ITALIAN FALLEN WORKERS MEMORIAL COMMITTEE

invite you to join them in honouring the memory of thousands of Italian Fallen Workers, who immigrated to Canada in search of a better life,
but who instead met their destiny on the works fields of our great nation.

May we never forget their sacrifice.

Please join us in honouring their memory.

SATURDAY, APRIL 28TH, 2018, 3:00pm
at the Italian Fallen Workers Memorial Wall, Columbus Centre,
901 Lawrence Avenue West, Toronto, Ontario M6A 1C3

RSVP info@italianfallenworkersmemorial.com or 416-789-7011

The Italian Fallen Workers Memorial Project is a joint project with Villa Charities Inc.
and supported by the Consulate General of Italy in Toronto.
www.ItalianFallenWorkersMemorial.com

Memorial Ceremony, 2017

A crowd of over 300 that included several members of Ontario’s cabinet, leaders of Ontario’s Italian-Canadian community and numerous mourners gathered at the Italian Fallen Workers Memorial at the Villa Colombo Memorial Gardens on April 28, 2017 to pay tribute to more than 1,000 fallen workers.

The overwhelming number of fallen workers of Italian origin who were discovered after the Memorial Wall was unveiled last year were honoured as a new part of the Memorial Wall in the ceremony. The ceremony coincided with The International Day of Mourning for Fallen Workers – a day which formally recognizes all fallen workers.

Eleven prefabricated columns were unveiled last year in all their glory, and poignantly, but proudly, bear the names and dates of each Fallen Worker discovered by the committee up until the spring of 2016. Through the dedicated work of the Committee, almost 1,000 verified deaths were engraved on the Memorial leading up to the unveiling; this figure has now grown to over 1,500 this year, with hundreds of new names being actually engraved and affixed onto the columns at this year’s ceremony.

At this point, the committee recognizes that due to the overwhelming numbers and staggering statistics of the Italian Fallen Workers themselves, after this year’s engravings, there will no longer be any space remaining on the Memorial Wall for further engravings. The future of this project will be in the expansion to an online and on-site electronic database. This will take shape in the form of an electronic kiosk at the site, and a searchable database online. The very fact that the design originally conceived a maximum of 660 names, and we reached almost 1,000 last year, with hundreds more being added this year, gives some indication of the magnitude of this project. It is a sad story that runs deeper than ever imagined.

The committee is saddened to realize that this may be the biggest documented memorial to fallen workers worldwide, and certainly the biggest in Canada; this represents a poignant but tragic part of our Italo-Canadian heritage. Sadly, estimates of even more workplace tragedies for men of Italian origin number in the thousands, but remain undiscovered. Our committee vows to continue working to uncover as many of the Italian Fallen Workers killed in tragic workplace accidents; the search for their names will continue.

For further information on this incredible project, to offer any assistance, or to submit a name for Phase Three, please check our website: www.ItalianFallenWorkersMemorial.com, find us on Facebook, or email us. You can also find historical videos of our project on our Youtube Channel.

The Italian Fallen Workers Memorial Project is a joint effort with Villa Charities, and supported by the Consulate General of Italy in Toronto.

Italian Fallen Workers Memorial Ceremony Press Release (English)
Italian Fallen Workers Memorial Ceremony Press Release (Italian)