Citizens of Locust Valley popularized the concept of “sister cities” by adopting Sainte Mere Eglise, the first town liberated during the invasion of Normandy. Our hometown hero, Gen. Theodore Roosevelt, Jr, who led the charge in the first wave on Utah Beach, was buried alongside 15,000 American soldiers in Sainte Mere Eglise.
Within a year, nearly 200 American cities had followed Locust Valley’s lead, adopting sister cities all over the world. Sister Cities International was created in 1956 by President Eisenhower. The legacy continues today, with hundreds of towns all over the world perpetuating this tradition of friendship.
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