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Commemorating fall of communism

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About 20 students from Grosse Pointe North High School’s Young Americans for Freedom Chapter construct replica pieces of the fallen Berlin Wall to commemorate the end of communism in Europe. photo by Renee Landuyt.
November 22, 2012
Last Thursday, a group of about 20 students, representatives of the Grosse Pointe North High School chapter of Young Americans for Freedom, spent the afternoon constructing a trio of replica pieces of the fallen Berlin Wall.

The replicas, built of two-by-fours and drywall or cement, were a commemoration of the end of communism in Europe, North junior and YAF chairman Grant Strobl said, citing the need to educate people about “freedom and the hardships people will go through to get freedom.”

“Six hundred people died on this wall,” he said. “Six hundred people died escaping this terrible climate they were in because of this ideology, and that’s what it’s really supposed to symbolize. You’re supposed to be impacted by that.”

Graffiti-like messages of freedom in German, French and English adorned each of the walls, which were on display at North through last weekend in the yard outside the cafeteria. North, Strobl said, was the only chapter in southeast Michigan participating in the national project. YAF chapters around the United States constructed similar replicas as part of a celebration of Freedom Week.

John Kusch, Andres Hensley, Bradley Centala, Lauren Brush, Leen Mosa, Nuha Mosa, Ted Supal, Ken Elkin, Anne Race, Jovana Maros, Katie Little, Danielle Zukowski, Tommy Rafaill, Carter Bock, Ricky Kent and Strobl were all involved in the building process at North.

“I think it’s very interesting,” said Ricky Kent, chapter chairman-in-training. “It’s a way for us to remember the fall of communism because we were all too young to experience it and we need to know that we can’t go back to communism.”

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