CNN PRODUCER NOTE Twenty-five years ago, on August 13, the Berlin Wall fell. People paid tribute to the Berlin Wall Memorial, also known as Bernauer Strasse Wall Memorial, redmondredd said. He took photos of the memorial, which still preserves large sections of the Wall."I was around when the Wall was still up and when it came down. I was working for the U.S. Air Force in Berlin back then," he said. "Sadly, a whole generation of young people born after the Wall have little or no knowledge that it ever existed. The force behind the tribute comes from the city fathers and the German government to ensure that this important segment of history is not forgotten."
- Jareen, CNN iReport producer
This year marks the 25th Anniversary of the end of the Berlin Wall. It was 53 years ago that it was built to separate the citizens of Berlin. The anniversary is being commemorated with wreath layings at numerous memorial sites in the city to honor the victims who died in their attempt to seek freedom. There are Wall Memorials at the Brandenburg Gate and Bernauer Street. At the Bernauer Street, you will still find long segments of the Wall intact and well-preserved, mounted photos of the victims who were shot while escaping, as well as a guard tower standing in the middle of the death zone on the border separating East and West Berlin. More events are planned in conjunction with the anniversary. In November, a 12-Km long light installation, visible from outer space on a clear day, will be erected with thousands of white, helium-filled balloons, placed along the path of the Berlin Wall and then released at the climax of the event!
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