We had an experience that moved me deeply today. I have, over the years, read a lot about the "iron curtain" and the effects it had on people on both sides. Today Shauna, Elder Olsen, Elder Bullock and I drove ten minutes from our apartment to the Austrian Border, where the first breach took place in allowing people to move from Hungary to Austria. We took so pictures we will share with you.
This is just on the Austrian side of the boarder and recounts day, the 19th of August, 1989 when the first people moved over the boarder, right by where we stood.
This is the border, looking back into Hungary. There is a park created here, but apparently when this the gate opened, thousands flocked across the boarder, tasting freedom for the first time in many years.
This statue sits in the middle of the park. It graphically illustrates the "coming down of the wall", and the power that created it.
Notice the dividing of the building and in the middle you see a rock. They said that rock came from the Berlin Wall, that went down shortly later. I guess it was a symbol of the complete removal of that barrier that stood for so many years.
There sits a former guard tower, where soldiers watched to prevent people from crossing into freedom.
This what the part looked like after everyone had left. People left the cars and everything else just to get to freedom. Notice all the abandened cars there. I will attach a few other random photos from the park there.
Perhaps it was just me, but I felt a strong sense of appreciation for what we have always enjoyed. What we saw here is the place where so many people got to taste freedom. What went through my mind was all those people who so desperately wanted freedom that attempted to cross the boarder that stretched from Northern Germany to Southern Europe, and lost their lives in the process. Freedom is fragile and so easily lost, and too often we treat it too lightly. Anyway, it was an amazing experience for us. I love the USA. But I love being here so much also.