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Sister Cities Bridge Renamed in Honor of Frank and Janet Lamb

Rochester, NY – The Mayors of Rochester and Hamamatsu, Japan rededicated Rochester's Sister Cities Bridge Wednesday afternoon in honor of Former Rochester Mayor Frank Lamb and his wife, Janet.

Mayor Yasuyuki Kitawaki of Hamamatsu said his city is glad to pay its respects to Mayor Lamb and his wife for their work in the International Sister Cities movement. Mayor Kitawaki said the program works for friendships between individuals, which is more important than ever in this day and age.

Rochester has ten sister cities in Europe, Asia and Africa. Representatives carrying their national flags marched in a procession from City Hall to the bridge over the Genesee River before the ceremony.

Frank Lamb served on Rochester City Council for more than 20 years, and he was Mayor of Rochester from 1964 to 1970. In 1956 he was named by President Eisenhower to a panel that created the Sister Cities movement.

It's designed to build personal relationships between officials and interested citizens in cities of similar size in different parts of the world.

The Lambs were active in the movement for nearly 50 years Both of them passed away last year.

The Frank and Janet Lamb Sister Cities Bridge is a pedestrian link over the Genesee River in downtown Rochester.