Portuguese Historical past Celebrated | Newport This Week

Robert Silva welcomed company to the “Day of Portugal” ceremony at the Portuguese monument in

Robert Silva welcomed company to the “Day of Portugal” ceremony at the Portuguese monument in Brenton Park. (Photographs by James Merolla)

Portugal, in spirit and in voice, when more came to navigate the shoreline of Newport’s Ocean Push on June 6.

About 350 friends and dignitaries celebrated the 2021 “Day of Portugal” at the monument at Brenton Issue that honors the intrepid navigators who sailed the planet.

The “Day of Portugal” is celebrated every yr throughout the Portuguese-speaking environment. It commemorates the loss of life of the revered Portuguese poet, Luís Vaz de Camões, in 1580. Camões is finest recognized for his epic poem, “Os Lusíadas,” which is a tribute to the golden age of Portugal’s maritime exploration and discoveries.

The visitor listing provided Mayor Jeanne-Marie Napolitano, Gov. Dan McKee, Sens. Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse, Berta Nunes, secretary of state for Portuguese communities, and Domingos Fezas Very important, ambassador of Portugal to the U.S.

Green and pink, particularly in flag and gown sort, dotted the landscape, rivaling the multi-colored kites that flew in the sky.



“We celebrate the Day of Portugal at the monument web page, which has hardly ever been finished just before,” stated Middletown lawyer Robert Silva, grasp of ceremonies.

Nationwide anthems of both of those nations were played by the band, Clube Juventude Lusitana de Cumberland, and the flags of equally nations had been raised.

“We have a 20-12 months lease to remain below,” stated Silva, who has very long led the committee to procure the web site and the monument.

In 1989, the monument was first devoted by the president of Portugal. On that day, Silva said, a Greek tanker ran aground off shore, but the ceremony went on. However, the primary monument, created of sandstone, commenced to split 15 many years later on.

“It experienced absorbed too much drinking water and cracked,” mentioned Silva.

The Rhode Island Division of Environmental Management asked that it be demolished. But it was replaced in 2014, applying Maine granite, and rededicated.

“On behalf of the whole Congressional delegation, we convey our appreciation for the Portuguese group statewide,” Whitehouse reported. “The connection amongst Rhode Island and the Portuguese group is pretty, really robust. Both equally are tricky-functioning, God fearing, impartial, and we are all happy.”

McKee included, “We know the Portuguese community. My pals [growing up] from the Portuguese neighborhood, we played sporting activities together. We went to lessons with each other. They are however good friends of mine and are on my employees, with understanding of teachers, athletics, leadership. We know they are central to us. Elevate that flag quite high to display our spirit of togetherness. Portuguese navigators, via their bravery in the 1400s and 1500s, must be celebrated. Rhode Island is certainly grateful.”