Monday, November 09, 2009
20 Years ago Today the Berlin Wall Came Down...November 9th,1989
U2 Celebrating the Wall coming Down ( 3 days ago,MustSEE Video with Voices Singing& Historic Footage)
(the irony is that MTV would not air this concert here...)
I remember it well...the Crowds, and how ordinary citizens showed up, but also artists, and musicians and journalists, and the crowds swelled, and then there were the Bright lights. I remember watching people reach out to each other and pulling others up. I kept wondering if in the summer there had been more cameras and Bright Lights and more journalists would Tienanmen Square have turned out differently ? It was a hopeful nervous watching those 24 hours. The Guards who were so young standing quietly and not doing anything as people climbed the wall and eventually tore it apart with sledge hammers....And as the Wall came down Something Bigger broke open....
It was the photos of people hugging or crying or reaching out to each other that really choke me up....people whose heart strings were tugged by their friends, neighbors,family on the other side of the wall. I hope that other countries that are divided or "walled" begin to see the reality of taking Down Walls ....That Unity can bring Greatness...It can make a Country Stronger.
MUST SEE VIDEO:: Peter Jennings at his finest delivering the News about the Fall of the Wall
Another Perspective about the Wall coming down ,reflecting 20 years later (The Guardian)
Google Pictorial -History of the Wall
KOMO News Coverage 1989,that I watched living in Seattle...really amazing.
20 years ago tonight ....Where was I ?
In the early part of the evening I was working an inner city Seattle hospital in the Neonatal Nursery (NICU) I worked with a Nurse named Mia. Mia was from Iran, she had left in 1979. As we cared for the tiniest of premies, new to this world, fighting to be here. We watched as pale East Germans emerged that day, many were silent and crying. Mia Cried, she said it reminded her of her family whom she had not see in 10 years.Mia with her quiet defiant tears reminded me of the Pain of Separation...Of Exile.
For night shift I took the bus to the AIDS Hospice where I worked Night Shifts, a well loved newly owned fixed up Victorian Bungalow in DownTown Seattle. Being one of the first true AIDS Hospices in the Country, it was really just a Home where a small group of Nurses and Aides cared for AIDS patients in their last few months. That night I worked with Micheal, whose relatives are in Cuba and we sat and watched in a room with a patient from a War torn Africa Country. Each person saw the Wall Falling in a Different Light. Micheal saw it as Hope Emerging, that it meant good things for Cuba, for the Young People there.He pointed out "It is always the Young People who bring the Hope and the Strength, the Energy". And for the African Older Man who had worked as a Mercenary and a Guard in Different Countries in Africa he pointed out that it was the Guards who Changed History With the Quiet Strength, the Determination and perhaps even their Defiance. At the time we did not know if he was right, but we did watch they standing stoically quietly amidst the crowds. For George, he said it gave him renewed hope for South Africa and it's future.
For me it was about watching The People, they came together, they stood together they waited for each other, and made History Happen. People say that "Politics" don't effect them ,doesn't change their Lives, yet Politics creates Walls, Divisions, and hurts people....Only the People can Change that, but it means having Great Courage, Great Strength and Great Hope.
7 Minute Video explaining History Of The Wall ( EUROX TV channel)
Amazing Footage,song by a German " Wonder Could Happen"