Sister Cities - Glens Falls/Warren County, NY and Saga City, Japan
In 1988, Glens Falls/Warren County established a Sister City relationship with Saga City, Japan. The impetus for this venture was the participation of two local balloonists – Lynn Stancliffe and Pat Malinak – in the the Saga International Balloon Fiesta in 1986. The idea was subsequently embraced by individuals and governments in both Saga and Glens Falls/Warren County as a way to involve citizens and organizations in our communities in meaningful exchanges of people, programs and ideas on a long-term basis.
The Glens Falls/Warren County relationship with Saga City continues to be successful and worthwhile to our communities. We have built yearly exchanges between middle and senior high school students, and college students. We have welcomed balloon teams from Saga and have helped arrange visits of local balloon teams to Saga’s balloon festival. There have been exchanges of elected officials, cultural groups, business people and others. Hundreds of individuals have traveled across the ocean to participate in another culture and make new friends. Hundreds more have welcomed and hosted visiting guests, introducing them to their families, friends, lifestyles, meals and communities. These opportunities encourage an appreciation of and respect for differences in cultures and societies.
It is because of volunteers who commit their time, supporters who contribute money, and individuals who host and welcome visitors that our Sister City relationship thrives.
Sister City History
Sister Cities International was founded by President Dwight D. Eisenhower and now unites people and communities in 136 countries on six continents. It is an organization whose goal is to advance peace and prosperity through cultural, educational, humanitarian and economic efforts and exchanges. Each sister city organization is composed of independent and volunteer groups of citizens who are committed to building relationships with people and organizations in another community in another country. Sister city relationships are partnerships between two cities that promote programs beneficial and relevant to their specific characters.