STATEMENT BY THE HONOURABLE DR. K. KELLIE LEITCH ON THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE FALL OF THE BERLIN WALL
“Twenty-five years ago today, the government of the former communist state in Eastern Germany announced the lifting of travel restrictions allowing citizens to visit the Federal Republic of Germany, essentially removing the barrier separating East and West Berlin.
I had the opportunity to visit Berlin before the wall came down. At the time I recall the ominous feeling surrounding the barren “no man’s land” by the wall.
Having traveled to Berlin after the wall came down; I was amazed to see how developed the area had come to be. The entire region was full of life with businesses and people going about their daily lives. I couldn’t help but realize how quickly societies flourish and prosper when freedom and democracy truly take hold.
The fall of the Berlin wall marked the victory of this freedom and democracy the East Berlin people so desperately wanted. We recall on this day the courage of those who, in their quest for rights and freedoms, were killed in their attempts to flee the tyranny experienced in the communist state.
The fall of the Berlin wall reminds us that good ultimately triumphs over evil, and that imposing walls and barriers are no match for the human determination to live freely.”