Chattanoogan remembers the fall of the Berlin wall
CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) -
On November 9, 1989, a barrier separating two states but one people was finally removed.
"People didn't think it was going to happen. It wasn't ever going to happen," said Brian Watson. "It truly represented an ugly scar."
Watson was serving in the Army, stationed in Berlin from 1989 until 1992.
"I arrived in Berlin at the end of 1989, just as the wall was coming down," said Watson. "It was unbelievable; euphoria, tears, families being reunited. We would go down and meet East Germans as they would come through the wall and hand out candy and gum and cookies. They were just hugging everybody. They were so excited; it made you excited for them."
Looking on the other side of the wall, leading into an oppressed East Berlin, he says was like walking back in time.
"I was shocked. They were just so far behind, 30-40 years behind. It was a culture shock, to see cars, the way people dressed; it was just totally different,” said Watson.
While Watson didn't take many pictures of what he saw, he did manage to come back with an important piece of history; his very own piece of the wall.
"I was just so happy to be a part of it. A lot of people get to read about history, it's really something to live it," said Watson.
Watson says he hopes to go back to Berlin soon to see how the city has changed in 25 years.
Sunday, August 20 2017 8:43 PM EDT2017-08-21 00:43:03 GMT
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