A Neighbourly Stroll : 29th International Bridge Walk

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20150627_092437If distance counts for anything, two folks from Charlotte, North Carolina, Debi Waldrop and Jim Redmond earned a medal at the 29th International Bridge Walk. “We were here for the 50th Anniversary year (2012) of The International Bridge. We did the Bridge Walk that year, and always thought we would like to do it again.”
The line for boarding a bus started early on The Canadian side of The International Bridge. Mill Market parking entrance, was where folks started gathering at 7:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 27th,2015. The first bus filled up with 55 people of all ages, and set off to the U.S. side of the International Bridge. The stop through customs went smoothly.
Strength in numbers could be witnessed, as the school bus runs continued bringing walkers from the Canadian side, through U.S. customs and on to the grounds of The Norris Centre, Lake Superior State University. Soo, Michigan and American walkers and cyclists were hugely represented. The grounds of The James Norris Centre steadily filled up over the early morning with more and more walkers, cyclists and dignitaries, including The LSSU Mascot, ‘Seamore The Seaduck’.

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The Norris Centre was open, providing a tremendous space for walkers to come in from the heat, use the facilities, watch volleyball, or explore.

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The walk got underway mid morning from Lake Superior State University with summer-like temperatures pushing up the thermometer. There was a lovely breeze way up on The International Bridge. Walkers cheered each other on, and were treated to amazing views of The Twin Saults. The view is worth the price of admission. Which, incidentally, is only $3.00. It pays for the buses.
One group to acknowledge are the bus drivers who came out on their day off to shuttle americans and canadians to each others’ doorstep. Also, the numerous volunteers from both sides of the border who were out to support the event.

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20150627_100113Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan Mayor Tony Bosbous welcomed the crowd to the grounds of The Norris Centre, Lake Superior State University expressing how gratifying it was to see so many people out for this “tremendous event on a tremendous day. Proving that the The International Bridge Walk is an important event in our shared history.”

The Lock Cities Chorus, a chapter of Sweet Adelines (International) performed the National Anthems of both countries. ‘ O’ Canada’ and ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ sounded great. Their music certainly got everyone off to a good start.

 

The 29th Annual International Bridge Walk was a success. Everyone received a certificate to mark the occasion, and a canada flag pin. Welcoming all to the Canadian side of The International Bridge were members of The Sault Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors Corps, who were out to present the certificates and pins to all who crossed ‘The Bridge’.