Mike Piazza, the former American Major League Baseball catcher and 12-time All-Star who is often regarded as one of the best-hitting catchers of all time, lit the Empire State Building with the Italian flag colors, to celebrate the National Italian American Foundation’s (NIAF) mission and educational programs across the US. The initiative occured the day after the celebration of Italy’s National Day (June 2nd). Those that attended were able to take some pictures not only of the incredible views, but also pictures with the champion Mike Piazza.
President Barack Obama extended Republic Day greetings to Italy, hailing the great partnership between the two nations and the friendship between their peoples. Secretary of State John Kerry issued the following congratulatory message: “On behalf of President Obama and the American people, I send warmest wishes to the people of Italy as you celebrate Republic Day on June 2. “I have always felt a very special, personal connection to Italy and its people, dating back to my travels in Italy as a young college student. That bond has only strengthened over many visits this past year.