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Portuguese parade will honor West Warwick's Sgt. George Luz, Sr

June 3, 2011

A longtime West Warwick resident will be honored tomorrow as the Grand Marshal of the 2011 Day of Portugal Parade in Providence.

Though Sgt. George Luz, Sr. is being honored posthumously as the Grand Marshal, he will be represented in the parade by his daughter, Lana Luz Miller, and his daughter-in-law, Col. Susan Luz, a retired member of the United States Army.

At 12 p.m. on Sunday, June 5, at the Rhode Island State House in Providence, on the Smith Street side, people will assemble.

Then, at 1 p.m. on the terrace, there will be Opening Ceremonies.
Governor Lincoln Chafee and U. S. Senator Jack Reed will be there.

Luz’s daughter Lana Luz Miller and his daughter-in-law, Col. Susan Luz (Ret.), will both say a few words.

At 2 p.m. on Sunday, when the parade steps off, the two will march in the parade as his representatives.

Luz, who died in 1998 at age 77 in an industrial accident, would have been 90-years-old later this month.

The parade route will be east on Smith Street, right onto Canal Street, right onto Steeple Street and then continue onto Exchange Terrace to the Bank of America City Center where the skating rink is located.

There the Portuguese Heritage Festival will be going on. It begins today at 5 p.m. and will go until 11 p.m. tonight.
Tomorrow, after the parade, the festival is expected to go until around 9 p.m.


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