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Did you know there are memorials around the world commemorating the meeting between the U.S. and the Soviet military forces?
There are two on either side of the Elbe River where the meeting took place. One is on the Torgua side of the river and one on the Riesa side of the river. There’s another in Strehla Memorial Park in Strehla, Germany. If you’re visiting, start in Torgua and follow the river southward to Strehla.
In the United States, a ceremony is held each year in Arlington National Cemetery honoring the East Meets West Day or Elbe Day at the Spirit of the Elbe Memorial marking the day the meeting occurred.
The World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. honors the occasion as well. One of the many bronze panels depicting scenes from the war shows U.S. soldiers and Soviet soldiers shaking hands across a damaged bridge.