Miami, April 17, 2019 – Miami Dade College (MDC) to illuminate its National Historic Landmark Freedom Tower blue, white, and red, in solidarity with France following the devastating fire at Notre-Dame de Paris. The iconic Freedom Tower will showcase the colors of the French flag, at sunset, Wednesday, April 17.
“The Miami Dade College community is deeply saddened by this terrible and unexpected incident. Notre-Dame has a special significance as the site of many historical events and the repository of renowned works of art and invaluable religious relics, which have been studied and amply discussed in our classrooms for years. We are also moved by the resolve of the French people and their pledge to rebuild,” said MDC’s President Eduardo J. Padrón.
Notre-Dame de Paris often referred as simple Notre-Dame is a medieval Catholic Cathedral built during the reign of King Louis VII in 1163 and was completed in 1345. Considered a jewel of medieval Gothic architecture, the church is among the most famous landmarks in Paris, drawing millions of visitors each year.
France is one of America’s oldest ally, but also one of Miami Dade College’s oldest friends. MDC has served French students since its founding, and MDC students have benefited from exchange programs with France. MDC continues to celebrate France’s culture, people, and history.
WHAT: MDC to Illuminate Freedom Tower in Colors of the French Flag
WHEN: Wednesday, April 17, at sunset
WHERE: MDC’s Freedom Tower, 600 Biscayne Blvd.