SPOKANE, Wash. -

The Spokane City Council will consider designating Oct. 1 as Italian American Heritage Day at its meeting on Monday, Sept. 26.

“Last month, I heard concerns from members of our Italian American community that their culture, history and contributions to Spokane deserved to be recognized,” Councilmember Amber Waldref stated in a press release. “I reached out and asked for their input on ways to celebrate their culture and experiences here in Spokane.”

Oct. 1 was picked as the ideal day due to the date's significance for Spokane's Italian American Community. The American Italian Club of Spokane, Order of the Sons of Italy Lodge #2172 was established on Oct. 1, 1966, making this year the 50th anniversary.

Also, the new Sister City agreement between Spokane and Cagli, Italy will be signed on Oct. 1.

“We are excited to be able to use this opportunity to tell our story and highlight important cultural activities,” stated American Italian Club President Ron Anselmo in the aforementioned press release.

The Spokane City Council meeting starts at 6 p.m.