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Fredericksburg, Este Mayors Sign Sister City Proclamation

By Susan Larson. Photos copyright Fredericksburg Today.

Photo One: (L to R) Fredericksburg-Este Sister City Association Board President Kathryn Willis, Fredericksburg Mayor Mary Katherine Greenlaw, Este native Massimo Giordano, and Este resident and group translator Mariateresa Bertoletti during the signing of the official sister city proclamation between Fredericksburg and Este, Italy.

Photo Two: Este Mayor Giancarlo Piva participated in the ceremony on Skype from his office in Este.

Fredericksburg Mayor Mary Katherine Greenlaw and Este Mayor Giancarlo Piva signed a sister city proclamation in a ceremony at city hall on April 13, 2016.

“Confirming this relationship brings Fredericksburg into conversation with the wider world, a benefit for cultural and economic reasons,” Greenlaw said. “Such outreach enriches lives and offers infinite possibilities for partnership.”

The Fredericksburg-Este Association was established in March 2015. In September 2015, a small delegation represented Fredericksburg at the Italian proclamation signing ceremony in Este. Today’s ceremony in Fredericksburg completed the official establishment of the sister city partnership.

A delegation from Este, headed by Massimo Giordano, is visiting Fredericksburg from April 8 to 15. Giordano was posted to the Italian Embassy in Washington from 2012 – 2015, and was instrumental in establishing the sister city partnership.

Este is located in the Veneto region in northeast Italy, about 60 miles from Venice.

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