Berlin Kicks Off 20th Anniversary Year of the Fall of the Wall

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At a gathering at Berlin's landmark Potsdamer Platz, the city's Senate representative Richard Meng said 2009 is a "year of remembrance," as well as a "year of respect for the people who contributed to the peaceful fall of the Wall."

Throughout the year, exhibitions, talks and guided walks will remind people of the huge changes Berlin has undergone.

The highlight of the year will be a weekend of celebrations and a huge series of domino stones, set to topple on November 9, symbolically marking the sequence of events that brought an end to communism.

"In Berlin, Germany grew together more than anywhere else," Meng said, adding that it's time to "show and describe the change which has occurred everywhere in Berlin."

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