Do you remember what happened 25 years ago today?
November 9, 1989 was the day that East Germans were given permission to visit West Berlin. At that time the Berlin Wall started to tumble down.
In the picture above you can see a line of stones that mark where the Berlin Wall stood. Today streets freely cross the old border between East and West Berlin.
I also thought of the first time that I saw segments of the Berlin Wall. The Cosmosphere in Hutchinson, Kansas had several segments of the wall on display in the space museum. They divided the US and Russian space craft that were on display.
Here is the other end of the wall segment. This is a very interesting view as it shows how the citizens started to take down the wall. They chipped away at the concrete of the wall. Not only for souvenirs, but also in celebration of the symbolic removal of the wall on November 9th.
The official removal of the wall did not start until the next summer when heavy equipment was brought in to remove what was left of the wall. However, large segments of the wall had already tumbled down at that time.
Somewhere hidden away in my picture files I have a few images of the wall between Thuringia and Bavaria. Perhaps I will dig them out for a future post.
Do you remember where you were when the Berlin Wall started to tumble?
I was living in Nebraska then.