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More Alike Than We Know

Today I had the privilege of hosting 16 German exchange students around Downtown Canton.

It was a wonderful encounter that I will cherish forever. It is amazing how love, compassion, peace, and joy transcend race, culture, nationality, and creed.

We laughed, took pictures around some of Canton's historic landmarks, and discussed how ways of life differ between our two nations amidst many similarities.

I was equally amazed at how fluently these students spoke and understood English. They communicated with incredible command of the language.

Overall, it was a real honor to serve as a host of 16 intelligent students with bright futures ahead of them. It invokes a sense of celebration of peace and global diplomacy that exists in our world.

This level of peaceful relations will not make the news, but carries significant importance: Seventy something years ago this visit would not have been possible.

It is vital that we understand the importance of peace, respect, and goodwill for those we share the world with to make the planet better and safer, both now and for future generations.


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