Yesterday people from all over the world celebrated the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Fox News' Greg Palkot was at the scene 25 years ago for his first assignment as a foreign policy reporter:
It was cold. It was wet. It was amazing. In those heady days following the fall of the Berlin Wall, we were there as the first waves of East Germans poured through a breach in the barrier.Here are some photos from the celebration then and yesterday:
“There is so much here,” one said to me, his family in tow.
“This must be a very rich land,” another remarked.
Those of us lucky enough to be assigned the story knew we were covering a big chunk of history. There was too much joy and celebration all around to dwell on the politics.
A people who had been kept down and oppressed against their will by a communist Soviet regime were set free overnight.
Of course, that was just the beginning of eastern Germany’s long road to normalcy. But it had begun.
More than that, it set into motion a chain of events throughout eastern Europe and the former Soviet states that would change the world.
The end of the Cold War. The demise of Communism.
8000 lights are currently marking the historic path of the Berlin wall, it's such a powerful reminder. pic.twitter.com/mLu2YBJ3eE— Myko Clelland (@DapperHistorian) November 8, 2014
And of course for good measure, President Ronald Reagan's speech on June 12, 1987 when he demanded "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall." Two years later, the wall came down.