With numbers reaching upwards of 2,000 participants, The 31st International Bridge Walk was a tremendous success, on a fair weather day.
Beginning at 7 a.m. participants from the Canadian side of the International Bridge boarded buses and made their way through U.S. Customs, and on to The Norris Centre grounds at Lake Superior State University.
The Lock City Chorus, who have been the Canadian and American anthem singers for the Friendship Walk for many years, serenaded the crowd with their musical stylings.
“We wouldn’t be able to do this without the great community partners who put in a lot of time to make this possible. The International Bridge Administration, The Sault Ste. Marie Michigan and Ontario Chambers of Commerce, US Customs and Border Protection, Canadian Border Services Agency, The Sault Michigan Fire & EMS, EUP School Buses, The SSM Ontario Police Services, The Sault Michigan Police, and Lake Superior State University.” said Sault, Michigan Mayor Anthony Bosbous.
Mayor Bosbous further stated that Sault, Ontario and Sault, Michigan may be among the only two border communities whose elected officials meet up to four times a year, publically, to enhance economic growth and opportunities.
Sault, Ontario Mayor Christian Provenzano spoke about the longstanding friendship between Sault, Michigan and Sault, Ontario. “We live in the two best countries on earth.” he said.
Sault Ste. Marie Police Services Constable Shaun Beaulieu spoke with Superior Media about the 30th annual Torch Run and Special Olympics Provincial Winter Games 2019 which will be held in Sault, Ontario.
The Parade of Bicycles left the Norris Centre grounds at 8:15 am, and once they had returned, the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) led the way for the rest of the participants to weave their way to the International Bridge, and traverse the 2.8 miles or 4.5 kms.
The Sault Ontario Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors Corps were handing out Friendship Walk certificates and Canadian flag pins to everyone who completed the 31st International Bridge Walk. Participants entering Canada were also welcomed by the sounds of the 155 (air cadet) & 2310 (army cadet) combined Pipes and Drums.