Frances Langford Promenade

HLI logo Downtown circa 1920 State Archives of FloridaOn Friday evening, November 8, 2013 we unveiled the new sign which celebrates the original dedication in 1946 of the Frances Langford Promenade.  Ms. Langford grew up in Lakeland and graduated from Lakeland High School.  Her beauty and magnificent voice were showcased in multiple musicals, popular films, television shows and radio programs.  Her signature song, “I’m in the Mood for Love” was familiar to GIs during WWII when she toured with Bob Hope entertaining our troops.  Ms. Langford continued traveling with Mr. Hope to entertain our soldiers during the Korean War, Vietnam, and other military conflicts.  She has been quoted as saying “Entertaining our troops was the greatest thing in my life.”

Former Lakeland resident Chuck Welch spearheaded the efforts to replace the original 1946 plaque that was apparently lost during the 2009 renovation of Lake Mirror Park.  Historic Lakeland, Inc., the Polk County Veteran’s Council, the City of Lakeland, the Agnini family, and private donors have made this plaque possible.  The new plaque will incorporate a photo taken at the original 1946 dedication overlooking the promenade.

The ceremony preceded the screening of the Glenn Miller Story as part of the 2013 Pics on the Promenade series.  Frances Langford was featured in this classic movie.  Historic Lakeland, Inc. and the Polk County Veteran’s Council will also participate in this event along with a performance of Ms. Langford’s most notable song.  Please join us for a trip down memory lane and an enjoyable evening