The Pendleton Panther

Germany Continues to Move in the Right Direction

Posted on: November 9, 2009




Twenty years ago today, Germany knocked down the “Berlin Wall,” which divided the Eastern communist government from the Western democratic government. Finally, with the collapse of the Soviet Union and communist leaders, Germany was able to reunite into one democratic country. Monday night, thousands of people showed up to remember the night 20 years ago when a courageous group of people finally broke down the wall dividing the two parts of the country. Many have looked forward to this day for a long time since they knew what it was like to be separated on each sides of the giant wall. This is more than just a day for Germany as it is a celebration for all of Europe. Representatives from Britain, France and Russia were spotted gladly partaking in the celebration. The celebration took place on the Brandenburg Gate in the center of Berlin. There was a moment of silence during the celebration as the lives of nearly 136 people were remembered who had tried to escape through the barrier. Even though 20 years have passed since the destruction of the wall, German leaders know they still have a long way to go before their country is fully unified. Germany is moving in the right direction as this celebration further reinforces how far they have come as a country.



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