Germany, allies celebrate 30th anniversary of the Berlin Wall fall
The Berlin Wall stood for 28 years. On Saturday, Germany and a host of European countries celebrated the 30th anniversary of the infamous barrier started to crumble down.
Leaders from across Europe attended a ceremony at Bernauer Strasse – one of the last areas of the wall remains silent –
"The values that Europe is based on – freedom, democracy, equality, rule of law, human rights – these are not to Chancellor Angela Merkel said at the commemoration ceremony on Saturday.
Young people stuck flowers in the Berlin Wall during a commemoration ceremony to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Be Wall at the Wall memorial site at Bernauer Strasse in Berlin, Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019.
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"In the future, Europe wants to fight for human rights, tolerance, and democracy," she added.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, left, shakes hands with visitors prior to a memorial service at the Berlin Wall Memorial in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019.
The Berlin Wall was constructed nearly overnight in 1961 with barbed wire and barricades cutting through the city nearly 2.5 million East Germans fled to the west.
Flowers in front of portraits from people celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Cold War Berlin Wall at the Wall memorial site at Bernauer Strasse in Berlin, Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019. “/>
Flowers in front of portraits from people celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Berlin Wall the fall of the Berlin Wall at the Wall memorial site at Bernauer Strasse in Berlin, Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019.
There was a stark contrast between the western side of the wall, which had a free press, travel, and elections and the eastern communist side, which barbed wire, and the ruthless secret police.
Tourist Berlin Wall at the Wall celebrates the 30th anniversary of the Berlin Wall at the Wall memorial site at Bernauer Strasse in Berlin, Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019.
The Wall fell on November 9, 1989, after the German Democratic Republic
crowds scaled the blockade, tearing down portions of the wall at an event [Signed Freedom for All Germans and the End of the Cold War.]
In this Saturday Nov. 11, 1989 file photo, hundreds of Berliners climb on top of the Berlin Wall at Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, demanding a peaceful protest that the wall will be pulled down.
Axel Klausmeier, the head of the Berlin Wall memorial site, recalled Germans in a dreamlike state as they hugged each other on that date.
A statue honoring Ronald Reagan – who was president during the Cold War in the 80s – 1987, imploring former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev to dissolve the barrier.
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Richard Grenell, right, and Fred Ryan Board Chairman of the Reagan Foundation, left, Secretar Mike Pompeo and President Ronald Reagan in Berlin, Germany, Friday, Nov. 7, 2019.
"Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall," he said famously.
Concerts and public debates Berlin, Brandenburg Gate.
In Paris, a French chocolate sculptor celebrates the historic occasion by grabbing a hammer and smashing a chocolate replica of the Berlin Wall to the delight of bystanders
French chocolate maker Patrick Roger, left, and his creative assistant Angelo Dao, right, destroy a reproduction of the Berlin wall in chocolate, to mark the 30th anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall, in Paris, Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019.
"It's amazing, 200 kilos of chocolate gone in a few minutes," chocolatier Patrick Roger said.
Back in Germany, Markel hopes the lessons learned during a time when the German people were divided
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"The Berlin Wall, ladies, and gentlemen, is history and it teaches us: No It is said that it is so high or so wide that it can not be broken down.
The Associated Press contributed to the report