Sister Cities Commission
“Bringing the World Together One Friendship at a Time”
Established in 1989, Montgomery’s Sister Cities relationship with Neuilly-Plaisance, France has grown into a nationally recognized award-winning program. A committee of volunteers work to encourage this relationship with our friends from Neuilly-Plaisance, a suburb of Paris.
The Montgomery Sister Cities Commission is also developing a relationship with the Village of Montgomery, NY where Montgomery’s settlers originated. In September 2015, a small group from the City of Montgomery traveled to Montgomery, NY to participate in General Montgomery Day, a headline event, similar to our Bastille Day celebration.
July 4th and Bastille Day Linked
Every year, the City of Montgomery and the Sister Cities Commission hosts the Bastille Day Celebration in downtown Montgomery to celebrate our relationship of cultural understanding and cooperation with its Sister City, Neuilly-Plaisance, France.
On October 17, 1781, at the Battle of Yorktown, the French Admiral de Grasse applied a successful naval blockade, denying aid and reinforcements to the surrounded forces of British General Cornwallis. The ensuing victory by Colonial forces under General George Washington, his subordinate General Lafayette, among others, and French forces under General Rochambeau, led to later victories in the war and eventually the signing of the 1783 Treaty of Paris, whereby Great Britain recognized the Colonies as a “free and independent nation.” Without the aid of France, it is unlikely that either America or France would have Independence and Bastille Days to celebrate.
The Bastille Day Celebration continues to fund the cultural exchanges between friends in Neuilly-Plaisance and the City of Montgomery.
- Are you interested in corresponding with a family in Neuilly-Plaisance?
- Are you an educator interested in organizing a student exchange with youth in Neuilly-Plaisance but don’t know where to begin?
- Maybe you are interested in being involved in a future exchange.
Feel free to contact the Sister Cities Commission. We would love to help.