Gordon friend of Bay of Pigs vets

 

I was saddened to hear of the passing of Rose Gordon who was a dedicated public servant who loved Miami with a passion. I worked with her in the 1960s on the Biscayne Boulevard beautification effort.

She understood that Biscayne Blvd was the entrance to the city and it was there that visitors would get their first impression.

What many do not know is that she cut through the paperwork which enabled the Bay of Pigs veterans to install their monument on S.W. Eighth Street at 13th Avenue in time to light the monument’s torch in remembrance of those that died in the invasion. At the time there was a rule against the installation of any new monuments. Without city approval or a permit we wouldn’t have been able to provide gas service for the torch.

Working quietly, seeking no recognition, Rose Gordon made it happen in two days. She was a great lady and a great city commissioner.

Richard Mason, Miami Gardens

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