Largo and Kami City, Japan Celebrate 40 Years of Friendship
LARGO - This February marks the 40th Anniversary of the Sister City Friendship between the City of Largo and Kami City, Japan (formally known as Tosayamada). In honor of this milestone, students from Yamada High School and dignitaries from Kami City will be welcomed by their colleagues and friends here in the City of Largo.
Events and activities have been planned to showcase the city and its amenities, especially those not in existence ten years ago when they last visited. Among these will be the City of Largo's state-of-the-art, 90,000 square foot Public Library, opened in 2005. To further enhance the cultural experience, each guest will be hosted by a Largo family, to ensure exposure to the American way of life.
Spearheading the welcoming committee is long time Largo resident, Mr. George Feaster, a founding member of the Sister Cities cultural exchange. Mr. Feaster will be joined along with the support of many other contributing partners including: the Largo Lions Club, Largo High School, and the City of Largo. When asked about the importance of this relationship, Mr. Feaster replied, "These past 40 years have been great. It's wonderful to see the growth of the program and we look forward to many more years of friendship". Assistant to the City Manager, Jonathan Evans, also stated, "It's an honor to participate in something far greater than yourself, to be exposed to another culture is astounding to me. I'm looking forward to experiencing the cultural exchange of knowledge and wisdom".
The cities will be celebrating the 40th Anniversary on Friday, February 5th, at the Largo Cultural Center's Parkview Room. There will also be items on display at the Largo Public Library during the week of February 3-8.
If you have previously been a host family or volunteer from the past 40 years, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for event information or call (727) 587-6727 ext. 7602.
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