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For Immediate Release:
June 02, 2014
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Commissioner Souto presents D-Day tribute

(MIAMI, FL) – Miami-Dade County Commissioner Sen. Javier D. Souto is presenting a tribute to mark the 70th anniversary of D-Day, which launched the successful Allied invasion of Normandy and marked the beginning of the liberation of Western Europe from Nazi occupation during World War II.

“D-Day is one of the truly momentous events of the last century, and we should never forget the courage and sacrifice of the brave troops who saved Europe and the world for democracy so that we can enjoy the freedoms we have today,” Sen. Souto said.

An exhibit commemorating the historic D-Day landing is on display through Friday, June 13 in the lobby of the Stephen P. Clark Center, 111 NW 1st St.  Sen. Souto and the Board of County Commissioners will hold a press conference at the exhibit on Tuesday, June 3 at noon to discuss the importance of D-Day. Representatives from U.S. Southern Command, the French government and the French Army will be in attendance.

“This exhibit allows us to honor those who courageously fought on the beaches of Normandy to turn the tide of World War II,” said Commission Chairwoman Rebeca Sosa. “Many of those soldiers paid the ultimate price that day to help bring an end to the largest conflict our world has ever seen. May their heroism continue to inspire us and their valiant spirit never be forgotten.”

The Battle of Normandy, the largest amphibious attack in the history of modern warfare, began on June 6, 1944, when more than 150,000 American, British and Canadian forces stormed five beaches along a 50-mile stretch of the heavily fortified coast of France’s Normandy region.

“I am honored to participate in this very special tribute to the heroic actions of our troops and allies on D-Day, which bequeathed a lasting legacy of freedom to future generations,” said Commissioner Jose “Pepe” Diaz, Chairman of the Miami-Dade Military Affairs Board.

Miami-Dade County Commissioner Sen. Javier D. Souto Board of County Commissioners U.S. Southern Command Representatives of the French government and French Army
Press conference to commemorate D-Day
June 03, 2014, 12:00 p.m.
Stephen P. Clark Center, 111 NW 1st St., lobby