BELLFLOWER, Calif.–(HISPANIC PR WIRE – BUSINESS WIRE)–Oct. 11, 2002–About 40 delegates from the City of Los Mochis, Mexico, will arrive in Bellflower on Saturday, October 12, as part of the annual Sister City Exchange program. Bellflower families will play host by welcoming the visiting delegates into their homes and arranging various activities throughout the week.
Representing students, business leaders and elected officials from the Mexican community of nearly 500,000 residents, the Los Mochis delegation will attend the City’s Liberty Day Parade fireworks show on Saturday evening, followed by a week of activities that include: a trip to Disneyland, a shopping trip to K-Mart in Bellflower, lunch with students at a local school cafeteria, a nature outing and tours of the City, to name a few.
Coordinated by the Bellflower Sister City Committee, the annual exchange with Los Mochis ranks as one of the longest running in the United States. It began in 1956 when President Eisenhower encouraged U.S. cities to establish cultural exchanges with Mexico and other nations throughout the world. The late Clifton Brakensiek, Bellflower’s second Mayor for whom the local County library is named, spearheaded Bellflower’s selection of Los Mochis later that year.
“The program is a great way to exchange cultural values and make friendships that last a lifetime,” said Dorothy Westrup, a longtime Sister City Committee organizer. “The people are so warm and friendly, and they really love visiting Bellflower.”
To fund activities and local trips for the delegation, the Bellflower Sister City Committee conducts bake sales, candy sales and other activities throughout the year. The group also receives an annual grant from the City.
For additional information or a list of scheduled activities, contact the Public Affairs Office at 562/804-1424 x2278.
City of Bellflower
Public Affairs Office
Jeff Hobbs, 562/804-1424 x2278