Germany marks 25 years since fall of Berlin Wall
BERLIN - Germany is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall with concerts, speeches and the release of balloons.
The night of Nov. 9, 1989, brought to a climax the fight for freedom by East Germans against the communist regime.
Formal festivities began with a trumpet call at 10 a.m. (0900 GMT) Sunday, evoking the biblical trumpets that brought down the wall of Jericho.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who grew up in East Germany, will deliver a speech and place a rose in one of the few remaining sections of the Wall to commemorate those who died trying to escape to the west.
On Saturday, she said the fall of the Wall showed that "the human longing for freedom can't be suppressed forever."