, 2022-10-05 16:00:00,
A town in Germany christened one of its public gathering places Buzz Aldrin Square on Wednesday to honor the Apollo 11 astronaut, whose ancestors hailed from that community.
Trupbach, Germany, dedicated its newly cobblestoned plaza to Aldrin, the second man to step foot on the moon after mission pilot Neil Armstrong in 1969. Aldrin has ancestors from Siegerland, a region in North Rhine-Westphalia.
“A square and monument in the center of Trupbach are now dedicated to the American [Buzz Aldrin],” Horst Schmidt-Boecking, a trustee of the Germanna Memorial Foundation, told the Culpeper Star-Exponent. “His ancestors emigrated from Trupbach to [Germanna in] the North American colony of Virginia in 1714.”
Schmidt-Boecking’s information came from the Siegen region’s council member from Trupbach, via an interview with Radio Siegen.
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People celebrated the plaza’s inauguration on Wednesday. The dedication was attended by U.S. consul Jutta Tatzelt, Lord Mayor of Siegen Stefan Mues and Germanna Memorial Foundation trustee Volker Schüttenhelm. Mues dedicated the brand-new square.
The monument was financed by a large donation by the city of Siegen, Schmidt-Boecking said.
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