The Lexington Sister Cities Commission in a non-profit organization that manages and maintains programs and partnerships with Lexington's four Sister Cities.
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The Sister Cities Program was created to be a network that would champion for peace and prosperity by creating and maintaining bonds between people from different communities around the world. With these bonds of friendship, citizens – not just politicians and diplomats – can help to strive for a world where different cultures could understand, appreciate and celebrate their differences while building new partnerships.
Sister Cities International was created by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1956 as a way to promote peace and prosperity through citizen diplomacy. President Eisenhower reasoned: "If we are going to take advantage of the assumption that all people want peace, then the problem is for people to get together and to leap governments – if necessary to evade governments – to work out not one method but thousands of methods by which people can gradually learn a little bit more of each other." Now, Sister Cities International has united tens of thousands of citizen diplomats and volunteers in 150 countries on six continents.
Watch President Eisenhower's speech introducing the Sister Cities International Program in 1956.