On this day in 1989…
…East German officials open the Berlin Wall, allowing travel from East to West Berlin. The following day, cheering Germans began to tear the wall down; soon one of the ugliest and most infamous symbols of the Cold War was reduced to rubble that was quickly snatched up by souvenir hunters.
My husband Joseph Wilke (above) and other veterans of the Cold War had a hand in this. This is part of the process that allowed my Czech coworker, Veronika G, to travel and eventually move to the US. This is why I think Cold War veterans SHOULD get some kind of medal or ribbon. Just because it was a Cold War, that doesn’t make it any less of a war. People WERE dying – usually Special Ops guys. Raise a glass today, people. This is a beautiful day in the history of Western Civilization.
This weekend (Nov. 11th) the US observes Veterans Day. Shake the hand of a veteran if you love your freedom.