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The Portuguese-American Leadership Council of the United States

Established 1991

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The Online Newsletter of PALCUS    

Dia de Portugal 2014 Greetings from PALCUS

June 10, 2014


The Day of Portugal is celebrated every year on June 10th throughout the Portuguese communities.  Officially known as"Dia de Portugal, de Camões e das Comunidades Portuguesas" (Day of Portugal, Camões and the Portuguese Communities), this date commemorates the death of the revered Portuguese poet, Luís Vaz de Camões in 1580.  Camões is best known for his epic poem, Os Lusíadas, viewed as a tribute to the golden age of Portugal's maritime exploration and discoveries.



The Day of Portugal is actively celebrated throughout the Portuguese communities of the world and no less here in the United States.  Wherever Portuguese-Americans come together, celebrations of our illustrious history and rich culture are held with festivals, parades, flag raisings and official receptions in the seats of government during the days surrounding this national holiday. The accomplishments and contributions of the Portuguese people are recognized and praised in highly visible venues in cities and towns throughout the country.


On behalf of the Board of Directors and membership of PALCUS, we join all Portuguese-Americans and Luso-descendants in honoring and celebrating our heritage with pride!


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Click here to read a message from U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry on behalf of President Obama.


Click here to read a message from the Secretary of State of Communities of Portugal, José  Cesário

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PALCUS Mission

In order to create a singular voice to advocate  for the Portuguese American and Luso-American communities at large, the Portuguese American Leadership Council of the United States Inc. (PALCUS) was founded in 1991  as a 501 © 3 non partisan, non profit, organization headquartered in Washington D.C.
The PALCUS mission is to address domestic and international concerns of the  Portuguese American Community.
The Council conducts an expanding program of educational and public affairs activities on issues of interest to the Portuguese American community and of salience to the Luso-American Relationship.
PALCUS is committed to serving the community through increasingly active government relations efforts, the promotion of a greater awareness of ethnic accomplishments and encouraging stronger ties between Portugal and the United States. In this role PALCUS advance the community professionally, politically and culturally while working to ensure that issues directly affecting our community are addressed through our network of government and community leaders.

PALCUS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization incorporated under the laws of the District of Columbia.  Donations are tax deductible to extent allowed by law.