Ambassador Bruce A. Heyman and Vicki Heyman joined the U.S. Consulate Toronto and its 600 guests to commemorate the USA Day — the 239th anniversary of the U.S. independence — and to celebrate the close ties shared by the United States and Canada. This year, the U.S. Independence Day event in Toronto was especially exciting because of an upcoming Pan Am and Parapan Am Games.
The ceremony at the Roy Thomson Hall started with the Canadian National Anthem performed by Emily Weedon followed by the U.S. National Anthem performed by U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officer Dennis Teigeler. Consul General Jim Dickmeyer welcomed the guests and introduced Ambassador Heyman, who congratulated the guests with the 239th anniversary of the U.S. independence and underscored the importance of the bilateral relationship between the United States and Canada. He highlighted the U.S. Mission’s involvement in the upcoming Pan Am and Parapan Am Games, including numerous projects such as the Sports and Arts Envoy Program, World Champion Wheelchair Tennis Player David Wagner and Wheelchair Tango’s visit to Canada, Accessibility Innovation Showcase and many others. Ambassador Heyman also acknowledged the leadership of Jim Dickmeyer, who immensely contributed to the development of bilateral relations between the countries by serving as the U.S. Consul General in Toronto for the last three years.
More photos from the event are available in our Flickr Gallery.