Sister Cities Association of Sarasota

Citizen Diplomats—Carving a Path toward Peace since 1963

Lou Ann Palmer

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Our Sister Emeritus: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Having seen and understood the horrific atrocities, death, and destruction of major nations during World War II, President Dwight D. Eisenhower created a plan for citizens of all nations to cease the hatred by originating a program called “People to People.” The concept was to encourage citizens of all nationalities to connect with each other one-on-one, become friends, and cooperate in establishing understanding that whatever our differences are, we are all human beings and need to be buddies, not enemies.

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