My father came to the United States in 1919. He was 16 years old, my mother’s parents came earlier and my mother was born here when my grandmother came to America. My mother did not speak English until she went to school My father and mother taught us to be proud of our Italian heritage but to always remember we were Americans. Education was very important and to have a work ethic, I grew up in a small town where immigrants were looked down on by the so called Americans. But my parents were so proud of being an American and told us to hold our heads high because we were Americans . Respect was a big part of lives. Respect for our family and our country. I am so proud of my Italian heritage and that I am an Italian american.