and citizens of Germany recognized for paying tribute to the 69th Infantry
Division at ceremonies, April 12 and April 25, 2007.
12, 2007, Mr. Michael Rousek of the U.S. Consulate General Office, Leipzig,
accompanied by Mr. Randy Bibby, Naval Vice Attaché Frigate Captain, Berlin
Embassy, delivered remarks for the United States government during ceremonies
celebrating the 62nd Anniversary of the liberation of Naumburg, Germany from
Nazi tyranny. As a representative for Mr. Paul Shadle, President, Fighting 69th
Infantry Division Association, Mr. Rousek also spoke to honor Captain Juergen
Moeller, Capt. QMC, Ansbach/Bavaria, Germany, for his contribution to
memorialize the 69th Infantry Division. Captain Moeller authored three books on
WWII and helped to establish a 69th memorial tablet in the Weissenfels, Germany
Museum. Speaking for Mr. Shadle and
all members of the 69th, a plaque was presented to Captain Moeller in
appreciation and gratitude.
25, 2007, a reception was held by the Honorable Mayor Andrea Staude on Elbe Day
in Torgau, Germany to honor the 62nd Anniversary of the WWII East Meets
West linkup of the United States and Russia. The U. S. Consul General
Leipzig, Mr. Mark Scheland spoke about the meetings and anniversary.
He was accompanied by Lt. Col. Ken Dobertin, U. S. Assistant Army Attaché,
U. S. Embassy, Berlin, Germany and consulate intern Ms. Shannon Self who made
photographs of the occasion. In his
remarks, Mr. Scheland, also representing Mr. Paul Shadle and the 69th, honored
and thanked several officials and citizens for their part in construction and
maintenance of The Strehla Memorial Park and the Torgau Memorial — scenes of
two of the three linkups on April 25, 1945 — as well as for recording the
story of the linkups and the staging of Elbe Day.
of Mr. Shadle and members of the 69th, special plaques of appreciation and
gratitude were presented to the Honorable Mayor Andrea Staude of Torgau, the
Honorable Mayor Andreas Haberland of Strehla, and the former Honorable Mayor
Wolfgang Gerstenberg of Torgau.
part in construction of the memorials, recording the history of the linkups and
the staging of Elbe Day, plaques of appreciation and gratitude were presented to
Mr. Karl-Heinz Lange, Dr. Uwe Niedersen, Mr. Heinz Richter, and Mr. Herbert
Consul General Scheland also delivered a special "Thank You" for Mr. Shadle and the 69th to all others who contributed time and money towards the construction of these two unique memorials.
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