EDMOND — Mayors of two cities in countries far apart signed a proclamation Monday forming an official sister cities partnership.
Edmond Mayor Charles Lamb and Sergey E. Gorevskiy, mayor of Engels, in Russia, shook hands after a ceremony Monday during a visit to Edmond by a nine-member Russian delegation.
This is the first time Edmond has had a sister city.
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Gorevskiy is making his second visit to Edmond.
Engels, with a population of about 300,000 people, was founded by Ukrainian settlers and was settled by Germans during the reign of Catherine the Great. It is now a major center of Volga German culture.
Edmond has 83,019 people.
Thirteen community agencies and institutions have been working for four years to become a sister city for a cultural, educational and medical exchange.
This is the third time a Russian delegation has come to Edmond in search of a sister city.
“We have been working on this for some time,” Lamb said. “I am happy it happened on my watch. We are not done. This is just the beginning. I think it is good.”
The Russian delegation was given an Oklahoma flag. Carl Reherman, chairman of the Edmond Sister Cities Association, explained the symbols and meanings of the flag.
In return, Gorevskiy gave Edmond's mayor three flags from his homeland and a clock. Edmond also was presented framed, embroidered replicas of the Russian city's flag and coat of arms that were handmade by 12- and 13-year-old
The Russian delegation on Monday was able to visit with several city leaders and see firefighting equipment and the police department's bomb robot.
“I think sister cities is a wonderful program,” said Edmond Councilman Nick Massey. “When you get different counties and cultures together, it is a great thing.”
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Sergey E. Gorevskiy