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Germany Marks Reunification

October 04, 2002|From Associated Press

BERLIN — A million people gathered Thursday for the unveiling of the restored Brandenburg Gate as Germany celebrated 12 years as a reunited nation with a street party.

Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder and former President Clinton watched as the gleaming white sandstone structure was unveiled after two years.

For 40 years, the 18th century gate stood as a symbol of German division, in a no man's land between East and West Berlin.

"Today it is a true symbol of unity," Clinton told the crowd in German. "May it always be so."

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