For Immediate Release
Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Contact: Meredith Beatrice
MEDIA ADVISORY: Launch of Victory Florida Campaign Aboard the U.S.S. Wasp
Port Everglades –
On Saturday, May 9 Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner will announce the international launch of Victory Florida, a campaign recognizing 70 years since the ending of World War II. Prior to the event at 10:00 a.m., Secretary Detzner will join the Consul General of France in Miami, the Honorable Philippe Létrilliart, in recognizing U.S. WWII veterans who fought in the European campaign.
Due to space restrictions and security, an RSVP is required. Please see below for additional details.
Saturday, May 9, 2015
11:30 a.m. Eastern: Press Conference Held by Florida Secretary of State to Announce Victory Florida campaign
Port Everglades, 1850 Eller Drive
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
|SUBJECT:||Award ceremony to honor U.S. WWII veterans and launch of Victory Florida campaign commemorating 70 years since the ending of WWII.|
|PARTICIPANTS:||Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner
Consul General of France in Miami, Philippe Létrilliart
Consul General of Britain in Miami, David Prodger
Speaker Pro Tempore Matt Hudson
Carlos Molinet, Senior Vice President, Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau
Mary Anne Gray, Executive Director, Broward Navy Days
|RSVP REQUIRED:||RSVP to Meredith Beatrice at Meredith.Beatrice@dos.myflorida.com by Friday, May 8 to attend the event. Provide the name/affiliate of all who could potentially be in your group.|
Media members wishing to visit Port Everglades MUST have a valid, state-issued, photo identification card, such as a driver’s license, as well as an organizational identification card that clearly identifies the holder as media. Those two forms of identification are required for every person in the media party visiting the port.
There are very strict security requirements to obtain access to Port Everglades. Impromptu media arriving at the gate will be delayed until approval from Fleet Week security and Fleet Week public affairs.
Arriving 30 minutes prior to the start time of the event is recommended.
About Victory Florida:
August 15, 2015, marks the 70 year anniversary of V-Day, or Victory Day, which marked the end of World War II in 1945. The Florida Department of State is drawing attention to this important anniversary during 2015 with the campaign Victory Florida, which honors and celebrates the heroes and heroines of World War II while educating Floridians about the important role our state played on the battlefield and on the home front.
There are many statewide organizational partners including museums, historical sites and memorials who are promoting the campaign. These statewide partners are planning events year round to honor WWII veterans and tell the story of Florida during WWII. To find out more about Victory Florida, or to view Victory Florida events visit VivaFlorida.org/Victory.
About Broward Navy Days:
Incorporated in 1990, Broward Navy Days (BND) was formed under the leadership of Captain Jean Fitzgerald, USN (Ret.), to host an annual Fleet Week celebration at Port Everglades. Fleet Week Port Everglades remains the signature event for BND each spring, but the organization is equally committed to actively supporting our seagoing services year-round. The organization plans welcoming events and shore leave activities for visiting Navy and Coast Guard ships periodically throughout the year and supports the activities of the U.S. Navy Southern Command and Coast Guard Station Fort Lauderdale. For more information visit: browardnavydaysinc.org
About The Consulate General of France in Miami:
For more than 25 years, the Consulate General of France in Miami has assisted French communities in Florida, Puerto Rico, the Bahamas, the Cayman Islands, The Turks and Caicos Islands and the United States Virgin Islands. With services provided for French nationals in the Consular Affairs Office, promotion of a contemporary and dynamic approach to French culture through the Cultural Services Department, and outreach to keep Floridians informed about French news and events involving the French community through the Public Affairs Department, the Consulate performs a vital service for the communities served. For more information visit: consulfrance-miami.org.
About The Consulate General of Britain in Miami:
The British Consulate General in Miami represents the UK government in Florida, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. This involves work across political, commercial, security and economic areas of interest to the UK and providing consular assistance to British nationals in our region. For more information visit: Gov.uk/government/world/organisations/british-consulate-general-miami.