It was a day to remember for the President of Venice FC soccer team and renowned New York attorney Joseph Tacopina, as he was officially named Cavaliere di San Marco. The nomination was given by the President of the Order of the Cavaliere di San Marco, Giuseppe Vianello, during a ceremony held in the Church of San Francesco della Vigna in Venice.
The Order of San Marco was founded over 1,300 years ago in the Republic of Venice in the year 787, initially to reward military merits. After the fall of the Venetian Republic, the order died out, but was revived a century ago. Each year the committee appoints a select group of individuals to the Order, who have distinguished themselves in the City of Venice.
The Association totals close to 1,300 members, not only from Italy, but worldwide. Each year’s annual induction is a significant event for the city of Venice. Earlier this year, Mr. Tacopina was honored by the Mayor of Venice, Luigi Brugnaro, with the third edition of the San Marco Festival Award, which pays tribute to Venetian excellence. That event took place at the Palazzo Ducale.