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Celebration

Portugal’s National Day 2020

Today, the City of Linden proudly recognizes Portugal’s National Day, or as it is known by the nation’s locals: Dia de Camões, de Portugal e das Comunidades Portuguesas (“Day of Camões, Portugal, and the Portuguese Communities”). 

June 10th commemorates the emblematic Portuguese author Luís de Camões, writer of the national epic poem published in 1572, Os Lusíadas. Dedicated to the 16th-century King Sebastian, Os Lusíadas lionized Portugal’s era of world exploration through its description of the seafaring trade route found to provide passage to India by navigator Vasco da Gama. Camões’ writing made him into such an indelible symbol of national pride, even the Portuguese language itself is sometimes referred to by its nickname: “The Language of Camões.” 

Along with Camões poem, the pride of Portuguese exploration is also forever encapsulated in the country’s red and green flag. At the intersection of the two colors lies the Portuguese coat of arms sitting on the background of a spherical astrolabe, a tool utilized by early explorers such as Vasco da Gama to navigate their maritime journeys. 

Click here to see the gallery images taken today.

Virtual Mothers Day Celebration – 2020

Mother’s Day 2020 celebrations are different because of COVID. To show Mom how much she means to all of us on Mother’s Day Council President Michele Yamakaitis, my wife Danie and I invited our residents to participate in this year’s City of Linden Virtual Mother’s Day Celebration. Participants submitted a Mother’s Day Greeting to us for the City’s Virtual Mother’s Day Segment. On Mother’s Day, submitted videos will run on Linden TV, posted to social media and available to watch here. Happy Mother’s Day! – Mayor Derek Armstead

Arbor Day Celebrations

Arbor Day 2021

School Two celebrated Arbor Day on April 30, 2021 with a ceremony which also honored long time crossing guards Mike and Maggie Smith. One Linden tree was planted on West 17th Street in the spring of 2020, but the ceremony was postponed due to the global pandemic. Click here to see the 2021 Arbor Day Gallery.

Arbor Day 2019

The City of Linden and Linden Shade Tree Commission would like to thank everyone who attended and participated in our annual “Arbor Day” celebration held on May 1, 2019 at School #8 in Linden. Arbor Day (or Arbour; from the Latin arbor, meaning tree) is a holiday in which individuals and groups are encouraged to plant trees.

In addition to Arbor Day it is also International Landscape Architecture Month, and the Anniversary of the birth of the Father of Landscape Architecture, Fredrick Law Olmsted. Olmsted designed such famous parks as Central Park and Prospect Park in NYC and the Essex County Park System (1st ever in the United States). His successor firm designed the Union County Park System, including Wheeler Park in Linden! Click here to view the Arbor Day 2019 Celebration Photo Gallery.

Arbor Day 2018

On April 27, 2018 five Linden trees were planted at School No. 1. Mrs. Padovano’s second grade class mulched and watered the new trees, shared information about trees and Arbor Day, and sang “Trees Trees Trees.” Click here to view the Arbor Day 2018 Celebration Photo Gallery.