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Fall of The Wall 09 Toronto at Freedom Arches

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Piece of the Berlin Wall embedded in the base of one of the Freedom Arches in Nathan Phillips Square. (Twitpic by Shawn Micallef)


At the base of the Arches above the reflecting pool in Nathan Phillips Square is a piece of the Berlin Wall.

Back in the early 1990s, Toronto based documentary filmmaker,  Marcus Kolga, made the naming of those arches, into the Freedom Arches and placement of a block of the Berlin Wall a project of  the Black Ribbon Day Committee.

Germans standing on The Berlin Wall. November 9, 1989.

Germans standing on The Berlin Wall. November 9, 1989.

“As a child of the Cold War, the fall of the wall was probably the single most significant geopolitical event that my generation ever witnessed or ever will.

It was as if the entire world exhaled together at one moment as those East Berliners started climbing over the wall.

And in that moment, decades of fear instantly changed to hope.”

— Canadian-Estonian Marcus Kolga

It was the beginning of the end for many totalitarian Communist regimes in Europe.

The unification of East and West Germany quickly followed.

“We need to remind ourselves about how we felt that day so that we never take for granted the freedoms we enjoy as Canadians.”

— Canadian-Estonian Markus Kolga

Fall of The Wall - Celebrating the Triumph of Human LibertyTonight Fall of the Wall 09 Toronto will join numerous events worldwide to Celebrate The Triumph of Human Liberty.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Liberal Foreign Affairs Critic, Bob Rae
  • President of The Treasury Board of Canada, Vic Toews
  • Etobicoke Centre Member of Parliament, Borys Wrzesnewskyj

Fall of The Wall 09 Toronto celebration begins at 6 p.m. at the base of the Freedom Arches in Nathan Phillips Square and lasts until 7:30 p.m.

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