NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. – New Rochelle celebrated its rich, esteemed history with its European Sister City on Tuesday, with a ceremonial raising of the French flag in honor of Bastille Day.
On Tuesday, local officials and dignitaries flocked to City Hall for the ceremony, which celebrated New Rochelle’s founding by the Huguenots more than 325 years ago.
Each year, city officials take the time to celebrate the French national holiday, which commemorates the Storming of Bastille on July 14, 1789, the culmination of a revolution, unifying the people of France.
Each year, a Bastille Day ceremony is hosted in the city to celebrate the bond between New Rochelle and its sister city La Rochelle, in France. s
The ceremony included remarks from New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson and Sister City Initiative member Sheila Sarker. Michael J. Hughes, a professor of history at Iona College, presented the keynote address, “France: the Indispensable Ally in the Struggle for American Independence,” with closing comments from City Manager Chuck Strome III.
Alexandre and Sabrina Sherman, from the French-American School of New York in Mamaroneck raised the French flag at City Hall while those in attendance sang the French and American national anthems.
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