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Berlin Wall's 25th anniversary to be marked by lighted balloons

July 11, 2014

Eight thousand illuminated balloons will trace the route of the Berlin Wall in observance of the 25th anniversary of its fall.

The design of the 15-kilometer (nine mile) art installation, called "Lichtgrenze" or "light border," was unveiled Thursday by the Berlin Senate. The balloons will be lit as part of ceremonies November 8 and 9.

"On this day, Berlin will stand once more at the center of worldwide attention. The anniversary now gives occasion to remember this incisive historical event," organizers said in a statement.

"We place ourselves in solidarity with those who have raised their voices for freedom, democracy, and human rights back then as well as now," Belin Mayor Klaus Wowereit added. "We take a look at the contemporary world in which Berlin, after 25 years, has become a place of creativity, openness to the future, and internationality."

The Berlin Wall was a barrier of concrete, barbed wire and guard towers that separated West and East Berlin from 1961 to its demolition in 1989.

The balloon project will cost about two million Euros ($2.72 million) and is underwritten by German Lotto, the national lottery.

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Source: UPI International Top News

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