It's a big year for the Niagara Falls Bridge Commission — the entity is celebrating its 75th year of operation as well as the 50th anniversary of the Lewiston-Queenston Bridge.
To celebrate the two milestones, a series of commemorative activities are planned for later this year.
Commemorative activities start with the launch of an official webpage — www.niagarafallsbridges75.com — as well as anniversary logos, downloadable Lewiston- Queenston Bridge 50th anniversary poster art, weekly “Did You Know? Interesting Facts!” advisories, and updated bridge and plaza facilities photos.
In the coming months, the celebration will include:
• 75th/50th anniversary t-shirts (available for purchase soon through the webpage) in support of select regional food banks
• A new Niagara bridge spans video montage
• The unveiling of a Lewiston-Queenston Bridge oil-painting
• An enhanced public fireworks display coordinated through the Niagara Parks Commission
• Educational outreach to local school districts, sharing of historic images
• Commemorative displays at participating Duty Free stores
• Formal dignitary commendations and other special events.
“2013 is an important year in the history of the Niagara Falls Bridge Commission and one that we wish to celebrate in a thoughtful and memorable manner,” said Thomas G. Pryce, commission chairperson.
Added Ernest K. Smith, vice chairperson, “This commemoration is really a chance for us all to step back and reflect on the role of the Commission and the Lewiston-Queenston Bridge in connecting the world’s two greatest democracies both physically and economically, as well as culturally.”
To learn more about upcoming commemorative activity, visit the celebratory webpage at www.niagarafallsbridges75.com.