Ladies and gentlemen elected;
Mr. Headmaster of the School in Ceret
Ladies and gentlemen secondary school teachers of Ceret and Yorktown;
Dear Students and Friends,

“What you got from your ancestors, acquire it to possess.” This quote from Goethe links us back to solid relationship for 22 years, generations of Port-Vendres and Yorktown, since the signing of the twinning charter on July 13, 1990, in the presence of our late Chief Magistrate Jean-Jacques Vila.

I think also, the transmission of uniting our historical heritage cities.

Today, I am proud to welcome a delegation from our sister city high school from the state of Virginia to perpetuate friendship through our respective cultures.

This day will exchange oriented maritime and cultural heritage of the city of Venus. The opportunity to discover the history of the obelisk, which features a bas-relief on the independence of America. Then we will walk together on the steps of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, visiting the interpretive center dedicated to this artist Scots, who painted his last years in Port-Vendres.

After lunch, with tour of the site Paulilles located in the town of PORT-VENDRES, former Nobel dynamite factory, and workshop Catalan boats we dive into the history of our city in the early 20th century.

Before I share the cup of friendship, I leave this to delegate the care of Yorktown High School, delivering the Medal specially made by a Yorktown jeweler, to thank Antoinette Quintilla, President of the Association Port – Vendres First. And for her investment flawless and all her work with enthusiasm. I give her my sincere thanks and congratulations.

So that we continue to say again: ‘Per molts Anys’ (for many years to come) …

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