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Berlin Airlift Victory

The dedication of the Berlin Airlift Memorial in the Lufbruke Platz during the fall of 1952. (U.S. Air Force photo)

The dedication of the Berlin Airlift Memorial in the Lufbruke Platz during the fall of 1952. (U.S. Air Force photo)

The blockade of West Berlin ended on May 12, 1949. This was not just a victory for the Allied Forces, but a victory shared with all of the citizens of Berlin. These were citizens who braved the hardships, the hunger and the cold. These were the citizens who toiled long hours unloading aircraft and making new runways. Berlin was no longer the defeated, demoralized capital of a vanquished foe. The new West Berlin was a city, emerged from the rubble, unified and proud of its peoples' accomplishments. Berliners had earned their right to celebrate and stand among the free people of the world.

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