Yay, Walldorf, Astoria leaders say

The Astoria City Council poses for a photo to send congratulations to its sister city, Walldorf, Germany, on it World Cup victory in July.

Astoria and Walldorf, Germany, have one of the oldest sister relationships in the nation.

So, naturally, when Germany took home the 2014 World Cup trophy after defeating Argentina 1-0 in extra time in July, the Astoria City Council wanted to send congratulations.

“The council thought it would be fun to get flags and a soccer ball together and take a picture to congratulate them,” Mayor Willis Van Dusen said. “We want to say congratulations to Walldorf and to the rest of Germany.”

The five councilors posed for a photo before the meeting Monday night, holding German flags and a soccer ball from Astoria High School.

“The team said they had a clean ball, but it didn’t say Astoria on it,” Van Dusen laughed.

The win was Germany’s first World Cup title since 1990, despite making it to the knockout stage of the tournament for 16 consecutive years.

“They are very excited over there,” Van Dusen said. “We just think this is a good way to promote peace and understanding.”

The sister cities just celebrated the 50th anniversary of their city partnership July 17, 2013.

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