Thousands of balloons rise to sky to fete Berlin Wall fall

German Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) and Berlin Mayor Klaus Wowereit (R) put roses in a preserved segment of the Berlin Wall during the commemorations to mark the 25th anniversary of its fall on November 9, 2014Thousands of illuminated balloons sailed into the night sky Sunday from the former route of the Berlin Wall, as German Chancellor Angela Merkel said its fall 25 years ago proved that “dreams can come true”. The flight of the glowing white orbs through the heart of Berlin marked the climax of a huge open-air party at the Brandenburg Gate, the symbol of German unity, which drew an estimated one million guests to the city. A quarter-century after the breach of Europe’s Cold War division, artists had tethered nearly 7,000 balloons along a 15-kilometre (nine-mile) stretch of the despised concrete barrier’s former 155-kilometre path, making it visible once again. As the balloons were released and floated to the heavens, the Berlin State Orchestra, under the baton of Daniel Barenboim, played Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy”.

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