Germany is celebrating 20 years of reunification after decades of Cold War. This year’s event is taking place in the northern city of Bremen.
In his first major speech since becoming president in July, Christian Wulff paid tribute to the courage of those who threw off the shackles of communism.
“It was the East Germans who by far carried the heaviest weight on the path towards the unification of our country. They in some ways had to start their lives all over again,” Wulff said.
“They needed to rearrange their daily lives, take advantage of opportunities and they did it with an incredible readiness to accept change. To this day, this has not been honoured enough.”
Germany was reunited just 11 months after the fall of the Berlin Wall.
After 40 years of division, the Soviet-controlled communist East Germany merged with the democratic Federal Republic of Germany.