"Friendship Rock" in Saline Honors Sister
The Saline City Council accepted the
dedication of a special "Friendship Rock" honoring Saline's visitors and friends
from Brecon, Wales and Lindenburg, Germany in a ceremony at Saline City Hall on
October 20, 2008. The symbol of close ties between the communities presented to
the city by the Saline Brecon Friendship Guild and the Saline Lindenberg
Friendship Committee. The President of the Lindenberg group, Dick Nehring, and
Secretary of the Brecon group, Kathy Chapin, spoke on behalf of their
organizations at the dedication. The beautiful rock was funded by the committees
and citizen donations.
Roth, who spearheaded the citizen project, made the presentation at a
ceremony prior to a City Council meeting at which the Council formally
accepted the gift and approved its permanent placement in the courtyard
at City Hall. Mayor Gretchen Driskell, who recently returned from a
group visit to Brecon, thanked the organizations on behalf of the City
and reminisced about the importance of the sister city relationships to
the history and fabric of the Saline community. A group of visitng
students from Lindenberg attended the ceremony and a representative
spoke about what the exchange relationship had meant to her personally.
was unveiled by Circuit Judge Donald Shelton, former Mayor of Saline,
who made a toast to the sister cities:
the hilltops of the Brecon Beacons
valley of Saline
friendship admits of no ocean
love spans between.
Lindenberg's Alpine snows
where Saline's old river flows
friendship between our towns
grows and grows
the stalwarts of the Saline Brecon Friendship Guild, Barry Barkel,
concluded the dedication by leading the assembly in a very moving
rendition of Barrys's original composition, "A Song For Returning"