I don’t know how many of you know that October 3rd is a Holiday in Germany since 1990.
Here you can read from Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/German_Unity_Day) about why this date was chosen.
The Day of German Unity (German: Tag der Deutschen Einheit) is the national day of Germany, celebrated on 3 October as a public holiday. It commemorates the anniversary of German reunification in 1990, when the goal of a unity of Germany that originated in the middle of the 19th century, was fulfilled. Therefore, the name addresses neither the re-union or union, but the unity of Germany. The Day of German Unity on 3 October has been a German national holiday since the reunification in 1990, when the German reunification was brought out in full force. 3 October is a legal holiday of the Federal Republic of Germany.
An alternative choice to commemorate the reunification could have been the day the Berlin Wall came down—9 November 1989, which coincided with the anniversary of the proclamation of the German Republic in 1918 and the defeat of Hitler’s first coup in 1923. However, 9 November was also the anniversary of the first large-scale Nazi-led pogroms against Jews in 1938 (Kristallnacht), so the day was considered inappropriate as a national holiday. (See November 9 in German history.) Therefore, 3 October 1990, the day of formal reunification, was chosen instead and replaced the “Day of German Unity” on 17 June, the national holiday of West Germany.
Even though I have been living in the US now for a little over 11 years. I seem to always think about this day when October comes. I was 19 when the wall came down. We had relatives in the East that we regularly visited. To me as a kid it was very depressing. Knowing that at the boarder your car will get checked and sometimes totally taken apart, just so you don’t bring anything in. Knowing that that strip of sand next to the fence is a very dangerous area. Do not deviate from your route, you will not believe how quick you would of been surrounded by police. But it was always fun to hang out with our distance cousins and just be kids.
I have seen the wall from the West side in Berlin, when it was still up. I never got the chance to see it down. There is a piece of that wall in the town where we lived last in Germany. It was weird to see it there.
While searching on Zibbet for “united” I found a lot for United States, but that was not what I was looking for, so I widened the search to “together”, and this is what I found:
“things we can’t do by ourselves we can do together” Xavier Naidoo