Cape Verdean Veterans Monument

The goal of the Cape Verdean Veteran’s Memorial (CVVM) Project is to honor the military service of Cape Verdean Veterans by installing a monument in the Rhode Island Veteran's Memorial Cemetery in recognition of their contribution to the United States.

The CVVM project has been registered and approved by the RI Veteran’s Administration. The memorial will be the first of its kind in the country at a US state/federally funded site.  The Cape Verdean Veteran's Memorial Project is a 501(c)(3) non-profit.

Symbols Matter, Memorials Matter.  
Memorials can be an important source of information for the next generation in understanding the sacrifices made by past generations. A memorial made in honor of our Cape Verdean Veterans will serve as an everlasting tribute that gives recognition and appreciation for their service.

Many Cape Verdeans that immigrated to the United States enlisted to serve in the military   prior to becoming a US citizen.  Documentation of Cape Verdean Veterans dates back to the early 1800’s. The records verify that Cape Verdeans served in the Revolutionary War.

The Cape Verdean Veterans Monument will be in a public space and will create a lasting representation of our immigration and integration into the US.  It will also add to the cultural diversity of the ethnic monuments at the RI Veterans Cemetery. The Cape Verdean Veterans Memorial will be located to the left of the Jewish War Veteran’s Memorial.

A local well know monument maker, Mr. Jack Afonso of Riverside Stone Company has completed the design stage of the monument, which has been approved by the Veteran’s Administration. Mr. Afonso had also made a generous donation of his services for the design and official monument design renderings.

The CVVM Project was also presented and endorsed by Cabo Verde’s President Jorge Carlos Fonseca and Prime Minister Ulysses Correia in April of 2016.

Groundbreaking ceremony was held on Sepember 30, 2017.  Cabo Verde President Fonseca and Prime Minister Correia along with RI state and federal elected officals attended. 

Once the monument installation is completed it will be a timeless representation of our culture’s contribution to the US Military and a lasting tribute to Cape Verdean Veterans.

The proposed date of completion is December of 2017. The approximate cost of the project is $56,500.00, which includes walkway honorarium pavers.
Fabrication of the monument will begin on March of 2018.

The official CVVM project kickoff was on May 29, 2016.

The Rhode Island Veteran's Cemetery-
The Rhode Island Division of Veterans Affairs maintains a dignified and solemn military cemetery on 338 acres at 301 South Country Trail in Exeter, Rhode Island. The grounds of the cemetery are beautifully maintained and include 34 monuments dedicated to veterans of specific wars and conflicts.
The Rhode Island Veterans Memorial Cemetery (RIVMC) was founded in May of 1974. The cemetery is also home to 34 monuments that represent many veterans, ethnic and wartime organizations. Despite the small size of the state,  the RIVMC is the 5th busiest State Veterans Cemetery in the United States.

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