Germans and other Europeans celebrated the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall with a display of giant dominoes decorated to look like the infamous wall knocking each other over as onlookers cheered. Judging by video of the event, it appeared as visually striking as the Germans had hoped.
As NPR's Eric Westervelt reported on the network's newscast:
ERIC: Thousands of Germans crowded in and around the Brandenburg Gate in the heart of Berlin in a steady downpour to celebrate two decades of a unified Germany.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy said twice in the 20th century German and France fought wars and triggered tragedy in Europe. But today, Sarkozy said, it is above all France and Germany that stand for freedom, adding "We are brothers. We are Berliners." Chancellor Merkel praised the courage of ordinary East Germans who helped bring down the wall as did British Prime Minister Gordon Brown
BROWN: This wall was torn down not by leaders, not from on high, not from military might. This wall was torn down by the greatest force of all: the unbreakable spirit of the men and women of Berlin. (cheers)
ERIC: As part of the celebration one thousand giant painted dominos were toppled along a route where the wall once stood.