U.S. Ambassador to the Russian Federation and veterans laid flowers to the sign of the "Spirit of the Elbe" in the Russian capital
U.S. Ambassador to Russia John Tefft participated in events of laying flowers to the memorial sign "Spirit of the Elbe" in the Russian capital.
The event was held in the framework of events dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the Victory. It was attended by the veterans of the historic Meeting on the Elbe - Ivan Mozgovenko and Frank Cohn, and Authorized the government of the Russian capital, Authorized Fund in memory of generals Win, military attach? of the Embassy of the USA Bruce McClintock.
in the process of a solemn event, played the national anthems of the U.S. and Russia.
Granite slab is very close to the monument "Tragedy of peoples" at the Museum of the great Patriotic war in the Park on Poklonnaya hill. The memorable sign was installed in 1995 in the process of celebrating the 50 anniversary of the Victory. On the plate depicts the meeting of the allied forces on the Elbe river in April 1945.
Troops of the 1st Ukrainian front under Marshal Ivan Konev on 25 April 1945 met with troops of the 1st American army led by General Courtney Hodges near Torgau on the Elbe, in the end, Hitler's Troops were divided into Northern and southern parts, which contributed to the early end of the war.
The first meeting of the teams scouts of the USA with Russian soldiers occurred in several places along the river Elbe in Torgau immortalized meeting of the American patrol under the command of second Lieutenant, U.S. army William Robertson with Soviet soldiers Lieutenant Alexander Silvashko at the broken bridge across the Elbe.