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In celebration of New Rochelle's founding by the Huguenots over 320 years ago, the New Rochelle Sister City Committee will present a Bastille Day flag-raising ceremony on Friday July 13 at 10 AM in front of City Hall. Bastille Day, the French national holiday recalling the storming of the French king’s political prison, recognizes the French Revolution as direct result of the lessons learned in the American Revolution and expounded in the Declaration of Independence. The ceremony includes greetings by Mayor Noam Bramson, a talk by James S. Kaplan, Esq., Attorney-at-Law and Sister City Committee member, “Marquis de Lafayette: The French Aristocrat and Important Founder of American Democracy”, and a brief note on “Why We Celebrate Bastille Day” by Peter A. Korn, of the Sister City Initiative. Celebrants and guests will witness the raising of the tri-color of the French Republic and sing, “La Marseillaise”, the French national anthem, and "The Star Spangled Banner".
Also at the event, the 325th Anniversary Committee will announce the winners of the logo design competition for banners to be placed throughout the City for 2013. The 325th anniversary celebrates the arrival of the French Huguenots from La Rochelle in 1688 and the subsequent “tides of immigration” whose cultures have shaped New Rochelle as the dynamic and vital suburban city it is today.
The Bastille Day ceremony is presented by the Sister City Initiative, which seeks to deepen the 324-year bond of friendship between New Rochelle and La Rochelle, France, home of the founding Huguenots. A light reception in the Rotunda will take place immediately following the event.
For further information:New Rochelle Sister City Committee, Convener Peter Korn email@example.com Anniversary Committee www.newrochelleny.com/325New Rochelle Jazz Festival www.newrochellejazzfest.org