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The Honorable Ms. Andrea Staude,
Mayor of the District of Torgau,

and its citizens invite you to join them
Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April 23-25, 2010

The Link-Up

April 25, 1945

ELBE DAY is the celebration of the 65th Anniversary of East Meets West, the meeting of members of the Russian 58th Guard Division with members of our American 69th Infantry Division.

Come to Torgau, Germany, April 23-25, 2010 to celebrate Elbe Day. Events will include reenactments, forums, discussions, music of all kinds, and a good time by all.

Torgau´s name derives from old Slavonic "Torgov". Its records reach back to the year 973 A.D. The city is a treasure trove of ancient and modern history, including:

American 69th & Russian 58th Locked Arm-in-Arm in Torgau, April 1945

American monument to the Link-Up

Soviet monument to the Link-Up

American 69th Infantry Division Link-Up Situation Map

We welcome you to visit the 69th Infantry Division Association website
to learn more about the American 69th Infantry Division and the
Russian 58th Guards and their roles in helping end World War II.

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Go back to The 69th Infantry Division Home Page

20,000 people from Torgau, nearby towns and from all over the world are expected to attend and to join with soldiers and family members of the American 69th Infantry Division and the Russian 58th Guards Division.

For more about Torgau and ELBE DAY contact:

Mr. Rene Vetter
Press Secretary
City of Torgau
Markt 1
04860 Torgau/Elbe
Germany e-mail website
03421 748110 telephone*
03421 748102 fax*

* if dialing from the USA add the prefix 01149

Torgau, Germany at war

Torgau Old City today

St. Mary's City Church, Torgau, Germany

Palace Church, Torgau, Germany

Katarina Luther, wife of Protestant Reformer Martin Luther, grave plate, Torgau, Germany

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Come to Torgau, Germany, April 23-25, 2010 to celebrate Elbe Day. To honor the WWII 69th Infantry Division and the postwar Fighting 69th Infantry Division Association, the City of Torgau has generously invited three 69th veterans to be its guests, paying expenses to and from Torgau and while there, covering their expenses for the ELBE DAY celebration and festival.

These veterans are: Joe Lipsius, Hq 272nd Inf; Edgar A. "Bud" Parsons, Co A 272nd Inf; James L. Mynes, Co K 273rd Inf. They will represent the 69th, 461st, 661st and 777th at all occasions. We hope many other 69ers, family members and their friends will also attend the Festival honoring the Link-Up.