A lot has been made lately of the 20th Anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.
But never let us forget the fateful day that oppression planted the seeds of future freedom. Let us also celebrate August 13th, 1961. That is the day the border was closed…and just 12 days after, Six Flags opened in Texas.
And what a wall! From a humble wire fence at the beginning, to the Stützwandelement in 1975. A masterpiece of wall technology, the Stützwandelement was constructed from 45,000 separate sections of reinforced concrete, each 12 ft high and 4 ft wide, and cost $3,638,000 U.S. The top of the wall was lined with a smoothpipe, intended to make it more difficult to scale. It was reinforced by mesh fencing, signal fencing, anti-vehicle trenches, barbed wire, dogs on long lines, beds of nails under balconies (the “death strip”), over 116 watchtowers and 20 bunkers.
Now that’s a f@#%ing wall!
So while we celebrate the day that Ronald Reagan ordered and David Hasselhoff delivered, let us never forget the day that made it all possible, August 13th, 1961, Oppression Day.
Raise a glass to oppression that we may later be free!