STATE HOUSE – Rhode Island celebrated the 213th anniversary of Colombian independence yesterday with a celebration at the State House of Colombian culture and the impact Colombian-Americans have had in Rhode Island.
The event was hosted and paid for by four Rhode Island legislators of Colombian descent: Sen. Sandra Cano (D-Dist. 8, Pawtucket), Rep. Karen Alzate (D-Dist. 60, Pawtucket, Central Falls), Sen. Jonathon Acosta (D-Dist. 16, Central Falls, Pawtucket) and Rep. Joshua J. Giraldo (D-Dist. 56, Central Falls). It is an annual tradition which the legislators started in 2018.
“Colombia’s history, culture and positive contributions to our state are invaluable. As proud Colombian-Americans, we take great pride not only in celebrating Colombia’s independence, but also in the strong ties Colombia and Rhode Island share,” said the legislators. “Colombian Independence Day is a joyous celebration of freedom. On this important day, it is an honor to come together and recognize the contributions of Colombian-Americans in general, and the work of three individuals specifically who have done so much to make our state better.”
The event honored the following three Rhode Islanders of Colombian descent who have contributed to the community: