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A symbol of the cold war, a way to separate West Germany from East Germany, the Berlin Wall. The Berlin wall was built in 1961 to prevent people from escaping from the eastern half of Berlin. It was taken down on November 9, 1989. This Sunday, it will be 25 years since then.

        There were many reasons as to why the wall was built. First off, it was to separate Germany into four parts, one for each one of the main allied countries. The French, UK, and US parts became West Germany. The final part, which belonged to the soviets, became East Germany. Many of the citizens of East Germany fled to West Germany after the split. The government of East Germany built a wall to stop this, separate East Berlin from West Berlin, and keep capitalism out of East Germany. Despite the existence of the wall, people tried to escape East Germany.

        The Berlin Wall existed for 28 years, and hundreds of people were killed trying to cross it. Finally, on June 12, 1987, a speech was made by the US president to the Soviet Union leader to tear down the wall. Eventually, this request was fulfilled.

        Today, there are events happening in Germany in honor of the removal of the Berlin Wall.  A chain of lights marks the once guarded Berlin Wall that separated Germany into two parts. Almost 7,000 balloons are placed and lit up along the 15 kilometer path that is now gone. On Sunday evening, the balloons are to be set free into the sky, symbolizing the removal of the Berlin Wall.

        In my opinion, I find this event to be a great way to celebrate a country’s past. The Berlin Wall caused the death of multiple people. It is a reminder to a dark area of Germany’s past. However, Germany is celebrating it. Even Mikhail Gorbachev, the Soviet leader during the time the Berlin Wall was removed, will be attending. The idea behind the celebration itself is creative. The release of the illuminating balloons into the dark night sky of Berlin will be a great contrast to the hammers and bulldozers that broke down the concrete wall 25 years ago.

 

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