Sean Kirst: As film opens, new lessons in bond between Dunkirk, N.Y., and Dunkerque, France

by Sean Kirst, Buffalo News

The plaque, a replica of a gift to the people of Dunkerque, France, hangs in the second floor corridor of Dunkirk City Hall, a couple of blocks from Lake Erie. It has been there for decades, a gesture to emphasize a bond of deep affection, and Dunkirk Mayor Willie Rosas sees it as a daily reminder of civic purpose.

"We need to remember," he said, "great things can happen here."

The movie blockbuster of the summer, "Dunkirk," opens this weekend. It portrays the evacuation of hundreds of thousands of Allied troops from the French city, under dire threat from Nazi forces, in the early days of World War II.

The film also resonates in the Chautauqua County city of Dunkirk, where an economically wounded Great Lakes community recalls how a collective effort to aid its staggered sister city, more than 70 years ago, gave it a moment of brilliant international attention.

Read the full story here: http://buffalonews.com/2017/07/21/sean-kirst-dunkirk-film-opens-rekindled-dreams-change/

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