11.09.2019 07:54 AM

Thirty years ago today

That was a good day. Who remembers?


  1. Eastern Rebellion says:

    I do. The end of an era, a terrible dark period in human history. Freedom is one of the most precious commodities in our lives, and any time millions of people gain theirs, it is a great day. It is unfortunate more of the criminals responsible for the repression the peoples of the Eastern Bloc were not held accountable.

  2. NeinerNeiner1 says:

    I remember watching it on TV & my dad trying to explain it to me. I was about 12.

    I took it all in but didn’t realize until I was older the significance of it all.

  3. Ron Benn says:

    I recall the day very clearly. We had a 60+ year old German client, Fritz, in our Ottawa office that week. Tears were rolling down his cheeks as we watched the scenes unfolding in Berlin on the TV. Then he saw his daughter sitting on the wall. He was speechless for a long time. When he could speak, he said that he never dreamt he would see the day that the wall would come down.

  4. Derek Pearce says:

    I was in grade 11. One of my electives that year was an OAC (gr 13) Modern European History course. The following spring I got an A+ on my paper about the fall of the Iron Curtain!

  5. Dave says:

    19 years old, flying out of Lahr Germany and back to walking the blue line in Cyprus with 1 RCR.

  6. Gloriosus et Liber says:

    I was in Grade 10 and intensely aware of the Cold War. I knew at the time that this was a BFD. I was fixed to the TV.

    I remember seeing Reagan’s speech he made before that time in front of The Wall (“Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!”). At the time, I thought it was good, but no different from any of the other Gipper speeches. Now when I hear it, I tear up.

  7. Mike says:

    I watched it on my TV here in Calgary but my mind went back to the summer of 1961 while I was posted to CFB Gagetown and started by fighting fires in PEI, in early August I went home to Kingston Ont. and was ordered back to Gagetown to be told I was on my way to Germany due to the Berlin Wall crisis. Arrived just prior to the calming of tensions. The following Oct 62 I was due to come home when the Cuban missile crisis started which continued until Dec when I came home.
    Found out many years later that the Cdn brigade in Germany had a 7 minute life expectancy if war had been declared. I now have a chunk of the wall. Sorry for long post.

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