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[FL] Day 3: Columbus Students Help First Lady Strengthen Sister-City Ties in Germany
Start Date: 4/16/2014Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 4/16/2014
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LOEHNE, Germany – First Lady Karen Pence traveled to Löhne, Columbus, Ind.’s sister city, to meet with Mayor Heinz-Dieter Held and present him with a banner created by Columbus elementary school students. 

“After watching how enthusiastic students in Columbus were when creating this banner, I looked forward to bringing it here to Löhne,” said Pence. “Many Hoosiers in the Columbus area can trace their roots to this city, with German immigration to the United States strong between the two cities. Through the banner, I treasured this opportunity to extend a welcoming hand from Columbus students to our German friends in Löhne. I’m looking forward to returning to Columbus to see the students again, where we can discuss our cultural differences and, most importantly, the similarities so strong that we remain connected across deep oceans and vast lands.”  

On March 28, more than 100 fourth grade students at Columbus’ Parkside Elementary School, where Governor Mike Pence attended kindergarten, gave Mrs. Pence a “Greetings from Indiana” banner decorated with their handprints, Indiana’s state bird (cardinal), flower (peony) and maps of Indiana with Columbus marked. Today, Mrs. Pence presented the Columbus students’ banner to Löhne Mayor Held. 

“The city of Löhne and the city of Columbus are linked by a 20-year town-twinning,” said Held. “Mrs. Pence’s visit to our city appreciates the commitment of many people who have rendered outstanding services to the partnership.” 

During Governor Mike Pence’s inaugural jobs and economic development mission to Japan in September 2013, the first lady initiated an art exchange between third grade students in Lafayette and its Japanese sister-city, Ota City. Through the successful exchange, students expanded their cultural awareness and learned about similarities and differences between school in Indiana and Japan.  

Photos from today’s event will be posted on the Day 3 webpage at 


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Name: Kara Brooks
Phone: 317/232.1622
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