So 9 November 2009 was the 20 Jahre Mauerfall celebration. We were able to be some of the lucky 30,000 people allowed in Pariser Platz (a square in the former east right next to the Brandenburg Gate. There was a prediction of about 500,000 people expected to show up in total and it certainly looked like it. We were standing in the square for about 8 hours but it was amazing. There are truly no words to describe the atmosphere at an event like this. We were able to see Daniel Barenboim conduct, the various dignitaries and political figures that had showed up for this occasion. To hear the various representatives speak was amazing. the Russian President Medwedjew, the French President Sarkozy, the British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, the U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the President of the European Union José Barroso, the former Soviet President Gorbachev and the former Polish President Lech Walesa and the Budeskanzler Angela Merkel were among a few of the speakers to talk before the start of the dominoes. Bon Jovi sang his new song, other groups sang and then the dominoes continued in a great symbolic fall. This was a momentous, once in a lifetime experience that I shall never forget.
In the picture is the Brandenburg Gate and if you look closely through the people and between the gate's columns, you can see the line of dominoes.