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PAWTUCKET â€” Congressman David N. Cicilline was among a large gathering that turned out last Sunday for the Portuguese Social Club's Veterans Day inauguration and dedication of a monument honoring Portuguese-American Veterans.
On Sunday, the club officially dedicated the â€śMonument to the Portuguese American Veterans and Members of Our Community,â€ť a 5,400-pound granite structure located on an illuminated island next to the American, Portuguese and Rhode Island flag posts in the clubâ€™s parking lot at 131 School St.
The club has many members who have fought for the United States in various wars, ranging from World War II to the most recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The dedication ceremony kicked off a noon with a Holy Mass being celebrated at the club by Rev. JosĂ© Rocha, pastor of St. Anthonyâ€™s Church of Pawtucket. It was the first time in the clubâ€™s history that a Mass was celebrated there.
The religious service was followed by the blessing of the monument by Father Rocha and the official dedication ceremony, which included a speaking program and presentations by several invited guests. The clubâ€™s restaurant was then open for food and refreshments all afternoon.
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