Press Release

For Immediate Release: May 13, 2021

Union County to Hold Annual Portuguese Flag Raising on June 10

Union County, NJ – The Board of County Commissioners invites residents to the annual Union County Portuguese Flag raising ceremony in commemoration of the Day of Portugal, Camões and the Communities. The event will take place on Thursday, June 10 at 4:00 p.m. in front of the Union County Court House, located at 2 Broad Street in Elizabeth. The event is free for all to attend.

The event is being co-sponsored by the Portuguese American Leadership Council of the United States (PALCUS). PALCUS is a national non-profit based in the Washington D.C. area with a defined mission to be the national voice that advocates for and promotes the advancement of the Portuguese-American community economically, professionally, culturally and politically.

“Union County is home to over 18,000 Portuguese-Americans,” said Commissioner Chairman Alexander Mirabella. “The Commissioner Board is proud to acknowledge the contributions of this very active and hard-working community to our county over the years, by once again flying the Portuguese flag over the County Seat.”

“Our County is made stronger by its diversity and inclusion,” said Commissioner Sergio Granados. “As a Commissioner of Portuguese descent, I am especially proud of the accomplishments of the Portuguese-American community across the country and especially within Union County. This flag raising brings together our Portuguese Community at a time when we are slowly and safely returning to our annual traditions and celebrations, giving us a chance to once again showcase our hard work, pride and unity.”

The flag-raising will include a short speaking program as well as the singing of both “The Star Spangled Banner” as well as “A Portuguesa,” the national anthem of Portugal.

“PALCUS is grateful to once again co-sponsor the annual Portuguese Flag raising in Union County,” said PALCUS Vice-Chair and Union County resident, Katherine Soares. “We strive to give a voice to the 1.34 million Portuguese-Americans in the United States. Events such as these are yet another form of allowing them to be heard.”

For more information, please contact Katherine Soares from the Union County Office of Communications and Public Information at katherine.soares@ucnj.org.

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