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Contact: Meredith Beatrice
Meredith.Beatrice@dos.myflorida.com
850.245.6522

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.

                                                

WHEN:

Saturday, May 9, 2015

   

11:30 a.m. Eastern: Press Conference Held  by Florida Secretary of State to Announce Victory Florida campaign

LOCATION: U.S.S. Wasp
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.
ACCESS/CRED:

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.

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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.