Just think, anyone under thirty has never known two germanies.
Their parents grew up with a germany that was divided by a wall into east and west.
One side was a communist country, the other democratic.
On saturday, we mark the 30th anniversary of when the berlin wall came down.
Ten years ago, we talked to a local man who has some pieces from the wall about his connection to it.
" we did our own celebrating here."
For chattanooga sales manager tom erndt the fall of the berlin wall holds a special meaning.
" everybody wanted freedom, they wanted to get out...whatever they could do..."
Erndt visited the wall just months before it was torn down fall... later his friends jan and heiner sussebach sent him two pieces as a reminder... the stark white from the communist east germany...and graffiti from the free west.
" it tells a story of two different worlds in the same town."
And two different sides of government and how it affects the people on both sides."
On november 9, 1989 tens of thousands gathered as the wall was breached freely connecting east and west germany for the first time in nearly 30 years.
Twenty years later thousands more gathered to mark the anniversary.
Absolutely fantastic it was a night to remember.
It's pretty amazing to realize that in our lifetime this event happened.
Erndt agrees... it is amazing... over the decades erndt and the sussebach's have celebrated the changing of east germany and the healing of her people.
He says standing next to that wall is an expience he'll never forget... and it's one that made him count his blessings.
" i've thanked god more than once that i was born here and that we're a free country..."