During the days of World War II, Floridians ramped up their efforts to support the troops.  Families recycled metal, rationed food and gas- and in some areas- went to work building ships to supply the allies. In our second segment recognizing the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII, Producer Mike Licquia looks back at Florida’s heroes at home, the fate of Jewish immigrants looking for safe harbor in Miami and the celebrations around the state at the end of World War II.

Watch Part 1: Florida Remembers – World War II – The Military Experience

Watch Part 3: Florida Remembers – World War II – The Enemy Comes to Florida


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