News Release - Sister Cities Committee Kicks off Celebration to Honor the Allied Liberation of Rennes, France in World War II

City of Rochester

News Release

(Friday, April 25, 2014) – The International Sister Cities of Rochester (ISCOR) hosted a special celebration in City Hall today to commemorate and bring attention to the upcoming 70th anniversary of D-Day, which led to the liberation of Rennes, France, Rochester’s first Sister City.

City Councilmember and ISCOR President Carolee Conklin helped proclaim April 25 through Aug. 4, 2014, as “Freedom and Liberation Days.” The joint proclamation was signed by Councilmember Conklin, Council President Loretta Scott and Mayor Lovely A. Warren. Council President Scott and Deputy Mayor Leonard Redon also helped read the proclamation.

The celebration kicked off a series of events that will culminate with the crew of the Geneseo War Plane Museum’s World War II C47 cargo plane traveling to France to celebrate the June 6 anniversary of the D-Day invasion and include a stop in Rennes on the trip. ISCOR is seeking to raise $3,000 to cover the additional cost of flying to Rennes, which was liberated by the allies on Aug. 4, 1944.

“We know that those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it,” said Councilmember Conklin. “By commemorating the liberation of Rennes and the role Rochester citizens played in those events, the Sister Cities program is doing its part to ensure one of the darkest moments in our shared history is never repeated.”

“I want to thank the International Sister Cities of Rochester for hosting this event and creating this opportunity to remember the sacrifice of the citizens of Rochester and Rennes, France who fought to preserve liberty and freedom during World War II,” said Mayor Warren.

Friday’s celebration included a concert by Nazareth College’s Franco-American Choir, which performed songs about freedom and liberation. Local veterans who participated in the allied invasion of Nazi-occupied Europe, including in the Battle of Bulge, also spoke.


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