Well, a couple of chunks of it, anyway. I have been to what was left of the real Berlin Wall, and the Museum at Checkpoint Charlie was an excellent reminder of what people will do for freedom. I may write a future post on that, though that trip was in 1995, and I’m sure it’s changed.
I get annoyed with people who say that a fence on our border with Mexico is the same as the Berlin Wall. A wall to keep out invaders is a far cry from a wall to keep citizens from leaving.
In a little park near the civic center in Rapid City, South Dakota stand two sections of the Berlin Wall and a couple of tank traps. Each is marked with a memorial plaque. One section was from a section between the Brandenburg gate and Checkpoint Charlie and was donated “in honor of the citizens of Ratingen, Germany (the sister city of Vermillion, South Dakota) and its mayor, Dr. Ernst Dietrich, who fostered democratic ideals and German-American relations.”
The other tank trap was donated “in honor of the citizens of Potsdam, Germany (sister city of Sioux Falls, South Dakota) where religious freedom was first proclaimed for Catholics, Protestants, and Jews by the edict of Potsdam in 1685.” Placards along the sidewalk to the wall and tank traps outline where and why the wall was built and what led up to the fall.
This seems like the appropriate way to wrap this up.