Officials have broken ground on a memorial in Rhode Island that will honor Cape Verdean veterans.
More than 200 people attended the groundbreaking ceremony at the Rhode Island Veterans Memorial Cemetery on Saturday.
The Cape Verdean Veterans Memorial will be constructed in Exeter in the coming months.
Among those in attendance Saturday were U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, a Rhode Island Democrat, and Avelino Rose, a 93-year-old World War II veteran and native of the West African nation.
Kasim Yarn, director of the state Office of Veterans Affairs, says events like the groundbreaking are needed for the community to come together and stand against bigotry.