Today Marks 20th Anniversary Of Fall Of Berlin Wall

11.09.09 | FL News Team

Today marks the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. The wall separating East and West Germany was a vivid representation of the "Iron Curtain" that separated Russia and the Western powers during the Cold War. Thousands of people attempted to scale the wall from 1961 to 1989 to escape East Germany, with dozens being killed doing so. German Chancellor Angela Merkel recently addressed the U.S. Congress and thanked America for its role in bringing down the wall. Presidents John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan visited Berlin during their terms in office and delivered memorable speeches on freedom and liberty. Merkel, who grew up in Communist Eastern Europe, said, quote, "20 years have gone by since we were given this incredible gift of freedom; nothing fills me with stronger, positive feelings than the force of freedom."