The Berlin Wall separating West Berlin from the East fell on this day 29 years ago. For years it had been the most visible symbol of the Cold War.
But did you know that as of today, the Berlin Wall has been gone longer than it stood?
The Berlin Wall stood for only 28 years. On August 13, 1961 East Germany began construction of the wall that quickly encircled West Berlin. They were tired of the "brain drain," since East Germans only had to travel to East Berlin and then walk across the boundary to West Berlin in order to escape communism and move to the West.
Today we want to celebrate those East Germans who, 29 years ago, took sledgehammers to the Berlin Wall. Thank you for delivering a blow for freedom.