LANSING — Yesterday, state Rep. Darrin Camilleri (D-Brownstown Township) introduced House Resolution 397 to declare Sept. 21-28, 2018, as Maltese-American Heritage Week in Michigan. Camilleri hosted dozens of Maltese-Americans at the state Capitol to see the resolution pass during Wednesday’s session.

“I am proud to be a part of the Metro Detroit community, which boasts the largest concentration of Maltese-Americans in the United States,” said Camilleri, whose father emigrated from Malta. “Maltese-Americans have contributed greatly to our country’s culture, quality of life and economic well-being through their leadership, work ethic, and dedication to their communities.”

Camilleri is the first Maltese-American state representative in Michigan history. In addition to his resolution, Camilleri presented the first annual ‘Maltese-American of the Year’ award to Ray Muscat, a city councilman on the Dearborn Heights City Council and member of the Maltese-American Community Club in Dearborn.

“Maltese-Americans like Ray have promoted the advancement of Maltese culture and Maltese-American people for generations,” Camilleri said. “I am glad we could join together today to celebrate his contributions, and the contributions of Maltese-Americans from across Michigan.”