Former Governor Bob Martinez and former Hillsborough County Commissioner Jan Platt will take part in a panel discussion entitled, VJ Day: Tampa Bay at the End of World War II, at the Tampa Bay History Center on Sunday, January 24th at 1:00 pm.
Noted historian Gary Mormino will serve as moderator for the panel which, in addition to Martinez and Platt, will include several other Hillsborough County residents who grew up during the waning years of WWII. Mormino is the director of the Florida Studies program at USF St. Petersburg and author of Land of Sunshine State of Dreams and The Immigrant World of Ybor City.
“The Tampa Bay area was instrumental in the war effort,” said Tampa Bay History Center Curator, Rodney Kite-Powell. “Thousands of pilots received training at MacDill Field and Tampa’s shipyards built ships for the Navy. Many veterans returned to Tampa after the War.”
Sponsored by the Frank E. Duckwall Foundation, the lecture is free and open to the Public. For more information, contact the Tampa Bay History Center at 228-0097 or visit our website.