Mayor Jean Stothert and the Omaha Sister City Association announced Thursday a Sister City relationship with a region along the Normandy Coast of France, including Omaha Beach.

Stothert said on the 75th anniversary of D-Day that Omaha Beach “is an important part of our country’s past.”

“History connects us, and the future will provide many opportunities for cultural, educational, business, and most importantly, the personal relationships which are fundamental to all sister cities,” Stothert said in the statement.

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The Omaha Sister Cities Association is a nonprofit with the goal of developing connections and promoting citizen diplomacy through student exchanges, family homestay and cultural events.

Omaha’s current six sister cities are Shizuoka, Japan; Braunschweig, Germany; Siauliai, Lithuania; Naas, Ireland; Xalapa, Mexico; and Yantai, China.

Five Normandy mayors visited Omaha in March. In April, a delegation from Omaha visited Normandy.

All sister city affiliations are approved by the Omaha City Council and the mayor. The Sister City Agreement will be signed in France in October. — Jessica Wade

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