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Rochester Remembers Fall of Berlin Wall

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Monday marks the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Thanks to a peaceful resolution, the border between east and west Germany fell, ending the Cold War and Germany was reunited.

While thousands are marking the event in Berlin, the historic occasion is being remembered in Rochester.

A piece of history is prominently placed inside the Bausch & Lomb winter garden in downtown Rochester.

Part of the Berlin Wall arrived during the construction of B&L's world headquarters. It was a donation from the company's German division.

"It brings it to the front of your mind and it's a good thing. It's a good reminder because it lets you know it doesn't exist anymore, " said Rochester resident Cathy Cox.

Mary Champagne-Myers is a former German teacher at Greece Arcadia High School. She is part of a group called Rochester German Language and Culture. The group gathered for lunch at the winter garden to mark the 20th anniversary.

"I would like people to remember where they were, how they heard it first, how it's changed for them and their families which may be back in Germany," said Mary Champagne-Myers.

At Nazareth College, the school is monitoring the event through German satellite television. Nine students are studying in Berlin this semester and are taking part in the celebrations.

Professor Bill Hopkins teaches German at Nazareth College. He said it is a great opportunity for his students to learn more about the fall of the wall.

"The real value comes 10, or 15 or 20 years later, when they develop these concepts into their lives and they become more politically aware, more culturally aware as Americans, " said Professor Hopkins.

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