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From the left: Rep. Carlos E. Tobon, Rep. Karen Alzate, Sen. Sandra Cano, and Rep. Joshua J. Giraldo at a Colombian Independence Day Celebration held on July 8 at the State House


STATE HOUSE – Sen. Sandra Cano (D-Dist. 8, Pawtucket) and Rep. Karen Alzate (D-Dist. 60, Pawtucket) recently introduced resolutions (2020-S 2922 / 2020-H 8109) celebrating the 210th anniversary of Colombian Independence Day on July 20.

“Colombia’s history, culture, and contributions to our state are immense and as a proud Colombian-American, I take great pride in not only celebrating Colombian’s Independence Day, but also, the strong ties Colombia shares with Rhode Island and its residents.  Colombian Independence Day is a joyous celebration every year and it’s an honor to recognize this important day for so many.  I’d also like to thank Rhode Island’s Colombian-American community for the numerous contributions they make to our state.  This resolution is for all of you,” said Senator Cano.

“Like the American Revolutionary War, Colombians fought valiantly to gain their independence from a foreign ruler.  This history inspires every Colombian and Colombian-American on a daily basis and it is through these similarities that both Colombia and the United States have forged such a strong bond.  Joining together with my Colombian-American colleagues in the legislature to commemorate this special day is always one of my favorite times of the year and I look forward to July 20 to celebrate this special 210th anniversary of Colombian independence,” said Representative Alzate.

Four members of the Rhode Island General Assembly hail from Colombian descent. Senator Cano, Representative Alzate, Rep. Carlos E. Tobon (D-Dist. 58, Pawtucket), and Rep. Joshua J. Giaraldo (D-Dist. 56, Central Falls) joined together on July 8 at the State House to hold a Colombian Independence Day celebration.  The legislators were joined by Central Falls Mayor James Diossa and several prominent Colombian-Americans in Rhode Island where they spoke about the rich culture and history of Colombia and its extensive ties to the United States and Rhode Island.

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