City Set to SALUTE AMERICA at 4th on Flagler

City Set to SALUTE AMERICA at 4th on Flagler
Wild Artist The Click Five to Perform
and Truck & Trailer USA to Give Away an H3 Hummer

(June 15, 2007 – West Palm Beach, FL)  The City of West Palm Beach will SALUTE AMERICA at this year’s 4th on Flagler event with 50 Americans flags to wave proudly over Flagler Drive, 150 Navy Sailors visiting from the USS Kauffman FFG 59 in harbor at the Port of Palm Beach, and one stirring opening ceremony that will honor our U.S. troops.  Mayor Lois Frankel and Mary Pinak, Community Events Manager for The City of West Palm Beach, announced at a news conference today at the Meyer Amphitheatre all of the festivities set to take place at this year’s event including the new SALUTE OUR TROOPS flag program.

The SALUTE OUR TROOPS flag program will give our community the opportunity to dedicate 50 American flags that will line Flagler Drive for this event in honor of a veteran or those currently serving in the Armed Forces.  This program will also help raise needed funds to support our troops as the suggested $50 contribution to dedicate a flag will all be donated to Forgotten Soldiers Outreach, Inc. (FSO).  FSO is a Palm Beach County-based 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization which continually encourages and inspires our armed forces serving overseas by sending monthly care packages for as long as they are deployed.  Since its inception in October 2003, FSO has grown to be a nationally recognized organization and has sent over 17,000 care packages.  To dedicate an American flag, please visit the City of West Palm Beach website at www.wpb.org and click on the SALUTE OUR TROOPS button.

Sgt. Matthew Newman, a soldier that has benefited from a number of FSO care packages while overseas, was also at the press conference to express his gratitude and tell everyone first-hand what receiving these care packages has meant to him.  The FSO continually works to ensure that military personnel, like Sgt. Newman, who have been recipients of these care packages, know that they are definitely not “forgotten.”  For more information about FSO, please visit www.forgottensoldiers.org.

When the press conference ended, Mayor Frankel invited everyone to walk down to Flagler Drive and watch as she unveiled the first dedicated SALUTE OUR TROOPS flag.  The Mayor dedicated this flag to her son, Ben Frankel Lubin, a reservist captain in the United States Marines, and all the U.S. troops currently serving with a message that stated, “A safe return for our troops.”  

WILD 95.5’s Kobe of “The Drive at Five” afternoon show also joined the news conference today announcing that Lava/Atlantic recording artist The Click Five will be the featured entertainer during the Wild Hour concert following the National City Fireworks show at this year’s event.  The Click Five’s debut album entered the Billboard 200 at #15, making it the year’s highest-charting debut from a new rock band; their Myspace page was #1 on the Most Viewed Band Page; and their single “Just The Girl” topped the iTunes chart for over 2 weeks.  This very successful rock/pop band is set to release their second album “Modern Minds and Pastimes” on June 26 to a huge fan base just in time for the City’s Independence Day celebration.

Guests in attendance at the press conference were also treated to the unveiling of the unique H3 in HD Hummer that will be given away at this year’s 4th on Flagler event on the North stage at approximately 8:30 p.m., just before the fireworks.  Keith Van Allen from the Gater 98.7 fm explained how Truck & Trailer USA totally tricked out a brand new H3 Hummer complete with a 3D paint job that is out of this world, a DVD player and an HD TV.  For more information about the four different ways to qualify to win the H3 in HD Hummer, please visit www.gater.com.  4th on Flagler will be the public’s last chance to register for this big summer giveaway.

Mayor Frankel also expressed her appreciation to National City as Michael Coady, SVP Market Executive SE FL Market for National City, presented the City of West Palm Beach with a check for $35,000.  This presenting sponsorship of the 4th on Flagler fireworks show will help the City light up the night sky at 9 p.m.

Other 4th on Flagler sponsors were also recognized including Wild 95.5 fm, Kool 105.5 fm, Classy 92.1 fm, The Gater 98.7 fm, WJNO 1290 am, The Palm Beach Post, La Palma, Florida PennySaver, WPTV NewsChannel 5, WFLX Fox 29, Schumacher Automotive, Columbia Restaurant, Palm Beach County, The Town of Palm Beach, Budweiser, Coca-Cola, Good Samaritan Medical Center, Esplanade Grande and the West Palm Beach Marriott.

4th on Flagler is proud to SALUTE AMERICA!  This free event is the area’s biggest and best 4th of July celebration featuring three stages of non-stop entertainment, a kid’s area, food and refreshments, the unfurling of a giant American Flag, the Firefighters’ Splash & Dash, and a spectacular fireworks extravaganza.  Residents and visitors can enjoy the fireworks, food, concerts and fun along our City’s stunning waterfront.  4th on Flagler will be held on Wednesday, July 4th from 5:00 to 10:00 p.m. along Flagler Drive in Downtown West Palm Beach, with the National City Fireworks Show taking place at 9:00 p.m.  This event is produced by the City of West Palm Beach Mayor’s Office, Division of Community Events.  4th on Flagler is a FREE event that is open to the public.  

For more information, contact the City of West Palm Beach Community Events Office at (561) 822-1515 or visit the city’s website at www. wpb.org.