Germans join countrymen marking unity of the nation

The Embassy of the German Federal Republic in San José will be closed today to observe the official celebrations of German unity.

The day commemorates the demolition of the Berlin Wall in November 1989 and the reunification of East and West Germany in 1990.

“In 1989 the courage of the population and hold in the East blew the chains and conquered the freedom, democracy and ultimately also the unification of our homeland,” said Federal President Joachim Gauck in a statement. “Today, 22 years later, we note with gratitude that this country has met again with its own.”

Gauck boasted about his pride for the country for being a positive role model to the world. He said the nation achieved this by overcoming economic obstacles in the West, by constructing a stable democracy and a civil society after national socialism and the world war and by peacefully revolutionizing the East Germans for freedom and the pursuit of the united.

Germany still remains a member of the European Union and the nation will remain faithful to Europe, the president concluded.

The German embassy office is located in Torre Sabana. It will reopen Thursday for regular hours.

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