Tens of thousands of people on Sunday celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Berlin Wall’s demise, the most prominent event symbolizing the end of the Cold War.
As part of Berlin’s celebrations 8000 white balloons, from an art installation called “border lights”, were let loose into the night sky.
The installation followed the original path of the communist built Berlin Wall which had divided the city from 1961 to 1989.
The releasing of the balloons symbolized the opening of the Berlin Wall by crowds of protesters in 1989. Within a year Germany was a reunified and free nation.
In the lead up to Sunday’s events German Chancellor Angela Merkel reflected on her own experience of living a life within the Berlin Wall.
“Even today when I walk through the Brandenburg Gate, there’s a residual feeling that this wasn’t possible for many years of my life, and that I had to wait 35 years to have this feeling of freedom,” Merkel said according to france24.com.
“That changed my life,” she said.
Merkel was a 35-year-old physicist in communist East Berlin when the wall fell on Nov. 9, 1989. She was among the thousands of East Germans who went westward as the wall fell and communist rule crumbled.
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