Reston, VA

Berlin Wall in Reston

Location: Bundeswehr administrator for the USA and Canada

1 segment from Waldemarstraße

 

The Bundeswehr administrator in Reston, Virginia, is responsible for the administrative and economic support of all troops, departments or other bodies of the German Bundeswehr in the US and Canada. For the opening of the new building in 1991 a Wall segment was erected in front of the building as a lasting reminder and memorial. It is available to the public.

This segment of the Berlin Wall – here also shown from the West Berlin side in its design as of 1987 – was situated at Waldemar Street in Berlin-Kreuzberg. After the fall of the Wall, this portion of the Berlin Wall was disassembled by the still existing government of the German Democratic Republic (GDR) with the aim to sell the single segments on the international art market due to the value of the graffiti paintings. This section of the Berlin wall was decorated by the famous French Wall Artist Thierry Noir.

After the former GDR government did not succeed in selling, this segment of the Berlin Wall was flown over the Atlantic in a German Air Force Transport Aircraft in 1991 and was installed here at the German Armed Forces building in Reston, Virginia.

Here this remnant of the Berlin Wall is preserved out of a sense of historical responsibility to recall history and the consequences of the second dictatorship established on German soil in the 20th century and to admonish us to work for peace, freedom, and justice. At this location, it is a symbol of German-American friendship and an expression of gratitude for the invaluable assistance rendered by the United States of America and its Armed Forces in securing the safety and freedom of Berlin and the Federal Republic of Germany, in bringing down the Wall, and in supporting the German reunification. (Text: Bundeswehr)

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Photo above and background:
© Bundeswehr/Walter Froehler

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