Germans celebrate 25th anniversary of fall of Berlin wall

People pass by balloons of the art project 'Lichtgrenze 2014' (lit. 'lightborder 2014') next to remains of the Berlin Wall at East Side Gallery in Berlin, Germany. (AP)

Germans are celebrating the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall. To mark the occasion, the city has illuminated some 8,000 balloons along a nine-mile stretch in the city where the wall once stood.

On Sunday, the balloons will be released, one by one, allowing them to float into the sky.

It's meant to be a moment of reflection and catharsis.

The wall stood for 28 years, separating West Berlin from communist East Berlin.
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