NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- In celebration of New Rochelle's founding by the Huguenots 325 years ago, the New Rochelle Sister City Committee will present a Bastille Day flag-raising ceremony on Friday July 12 at 10 AM. The event will take place in front of City Hall. This French national holiday recalling the storming of the king’s political prison, recognizes the French Revolution as a result of the lessons learned in the American Revolution and expounded in our Declaration of Independence.
The ceremony includes greetings by Mayor Noam Bramson, a short talk by James S. Kaplan, Esq., Attorney and Sister City Committee member, “Bastille Day and the Statue of Liberty: Linking Democracies”, and a brief note on “Why We Celebrate Bastille Day” by Peter A. Korn, Committee convener. 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".
Mr. Kaplan will discuss how the revolutionary concepts enshrined in Bastille Day were linked to the gift of the Statue of Liberty, and the close relationship between democratic movements in our two countries.
Also attending will be Jeremy Vilquin, a graduate student from the University of La Rochelle, and Malo Mazurié, Jazz Fest trumpet player first sent to us by the La Rochelle Rotary Club. This event is part of the 325th anniversary program celebrating the 1688 arrival of French Huguenots from La Rochelle and the subsequent “tides of immigration”to our community.
The Bastille Day ceremony is presented by the Sister City Initiative, which seeks to deepen the 325-year bond of friendship between New Rochelle and La Rochelle, France. A light reception in the Rotunda will take place immediately following the event.
On the day following, July 13th, the New Rochelle Jazz Fest will kick off its fourth big year with performances on Saturday and Sunday outdoors on Library Green.
For further information:
New Rochelle Sister City Committee, Convener Peter Korn [email protected]
New Rochelle Jazz Festival