Bastille Day 2013 was a real success!
This year the Consulate General of France in Miami decided to organize Bastille Day in South Beach at the National Hotel. With the company of many distinguished guests, the evening began with a speech by Gaël de Maisonneuve, Consul General of France in Miami, followed by an award ceremony.
The evening then continued with many surprises. With nearly a thousand people, the Miami Bastille Day 2013 was a real success!
After the American and French national anthems, sung respectively by Korrin Stanek and Lou Galterio, many people wanted to personally thank Gaël de Maisonneuve for his commitment and work over the past four years in Miami.
Nicole Hirsh, elected member of the Assembly of French Citizens Abroad, Diana Rodriguez, Special Advisor to the Mayor of Miami-Dade, Sharon Lopez, principal of Coconut Grove Elementary School and Tom Kaiser, Chairman of the Veterans Commission of Boynton Beach, took the floor to express their gratitude to the Consul General of France in Miami.
The Consul General began his speech by recalling the willingness of the Consulate General of France in Miami to the strengthening of ties between France and Florida, as well as Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and other islands of our consular district, in areas ranging from cultural and educational cooperation to the consular field, as well as in the political and economic fields.
In the presence of René Garcia, Florida Senator and member of the French Caucus, Kent Hippolyte, Dean of the Consular Corps, Juergen Borsch, Consul General of Germany, Cindy Lerner, Mayor of Pinecrest, and many distinguished individuals of the Francophile community, Gaël de Maisonneuve, among other things, emphasized the importance of this year marked by the creation of a "French Caucus" in Tallahassee, inaugurated by the Ambassador of France to the United States in April 2013.
The Consul General then declared Paul Chevalier, director of Shaw Ross International Importers in the United States, Knight in the Order of Agricultural Merit. Véronique Fois-Assuied, teacher at Gulliver Academy, was declared Knight in the Order of Academic Palms, and Brigitte Kishlar, founder and director of the Miami Conservatory of Music, Knight of the National Order of Arts and Letters. In addition, Alejandro Peraza, Special Agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, was declared Knight of the National Order of Merit, along with Nabil Achkar, General Secretary of the Consular Corps of Miami, also declared Knight of the National Order of Merit. Last, Richard Klug, WWII veteran, was declared Knight of the Legion of Honor for his contribution to the liberation of France.
Throughout the evening, guests benefited from the privileged surroundings offered by the National Hotel and entertainment by DJ Laurent Yssartel.
The Consulate General of France would like to warmly thank all the partners of the reception. First, Tupperware Brands and the National Hotel, followed by Air France, L’Oreal, Bouygues, MAT, Barfield, Desjardins, Jade Associates and Canelle Specialty Foods.
Once again, the traditional and popular celebration of the 14th of July displayed once again the spirit and involvement of the French community in Florida and in the islands of our district. From Tallahassee to Jacksonville, in St Petersburg, Daytona, Orlando and Sarasota, and also in the US Virgin islands, the Bahamas and Puerto Rico, the French community got together to celebrate this special day.
We hope to see many more of you again next year!