Lexington Celebrates 50th Anniversary Of Sister City Tie

Mayor Jim Newberry welcomed visitors from around the world today as Lexington celebrated the 50th anniversary of its Sister City relationship with Deauville, France, and unveiled a new sign that touts Lexington’s four Sister Cities, Deauville; County Kildare Ireland; Shinhidaka, Japan; and Newmarket, England.

“We want to welcome all of our visitors and recognize the importance of the strong cultural ties promoted through the Sister Cities program,” Newberry said.

The international morning began in the Council Chamber, where University of Kentucky Opera Theatre student Mary Joy Nelson sang both the “Star-Spangled Banner” and “La Marseillaise,” and ended at the Courthouse Plaza. Newberry led the visitors in a parade down Main Street to the beat of Lafayette High School’s “Pride of the Bluegrass” Marching Band, as hundreds of Harrison Elementary students lined the route and waved French and American flags.

At city hall, Newberry and Deauville Vice Mayor Isabelle Patry-Santos signed a charter celebrating the 50th anniversary of one of the first Sister Cities bonds in the world, formed shortly after President Dwight Eisenhower created the program to help heal the wounds of World War II.

The charter stated, “As peoples of two of the world’s leading democracies, we are bound by our love of freedom. As international centers of the equine industry, we are bound by our love of the horse. As Sister Cities since Nov. 8, 1957, we are bound by a deep and abiding friendship.”

All of Lexington’s Sister Cities are prominent in the equine world. The program is designed to promote meaningful cultural exchange in areas such as education, business and the arts.

Representing France at the sign dedication ceremony at the Courthouse Plaza was Anne d’Ornano, President of Calvados, where Deauville is located. Also participating in the ceremony were Senan Griffin, Deputy Mayor of Kildare; Rory MacDonald, Newmarket, and Atsuko Tanioka, Shinhidaka.

The new sign, which lists the mileage to each of the Sister Cities, is located near the corner of Main and Limestone streets in the Courthouse Plaza.

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  • by Nathan Location: Michigan on Nov 10, 2007 at 09:29 AM
    Your posts are valid, and I appreciate you taking the time to speak your mind. Your life experience is unique and important. When I went to Normandy, they welcomed me with open arms, and after further discussion, even awarded my grandfather a medal for his participation in WWII (he eventually ended up in a hosptial in St-Lô just after D-Day). Have you been to France? Have you spoken with French people? Have you given them the opportunity to thank you? As you plan your next trip to Normandy, check out the following sites: http://www.normandy-tourism.org/ http://travel.state.gov/passport/passport_1738.html http://www.orbitz.com/ Bon voyage!
  • by Dave Location: Garden Springs on Nov 8, 2007 at 05:25 PM
    Well said General, the French are WIMPS. If not for the United States they would be getting a Nazi boot enima today!
  • by SGT Howard Location: Ky on Nov 8, 2007 at 04:18 PM
    you have to be kidding me, waving a french flag, what a load of crap. wished i had some of them so i could start my fire in the garage every morning with. they are most ungratefull arrogant group of people, the last ally america has or needs. this is like sleeping with the enemy here folks. they have stabbed up in the back repeatedly and have never stood up for all those who have died for them. they should be speaking german today if not for all the heros they have bashed and somehow forgotten about.
  • by George Patton Location: Fort Knox on Nov 8, 2007 at 12:17 PM
    I can agree with being associated with all of the Sister Cities except for Deauville, France. The French are wimps and they have NEVER appreciated the fact that America saved them from speaking German. They leave us hanging at every turn and back stab us repeatedly. Time to cut them loose and leave them to drift on the open sea of the world. I doubt they would fare very well.


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