Miniature flags of black, red and yellow adorned the large meeting room.

Thursday brought the German Patriot Office’s annual celebration of German Unity Day. The celebration was held in The Overlook for the second year after previously conducted at the Col. Carroll D. Hudson Recreation Area.

The Berlin Wall came down Nov. 9, 1989, and the West and East formally reunited Oct. 3, 1990. Next year will mark 30 years of unification.

The German Patriot Office’s event has grown through the years from originally 30 attendees to Thursday’s 70. They heard remarks and ate a buffet lunch.

“It’s actually started growing and we’re really happy having so many people here,” German Air Force Lt. Col. Tim Doescher, the office’s deputy director, said. “This is all original German food.”

The six-member office includes three German Air Force officers and three civilians, including an administrative person.

“Each and every one is very welcome today,” Lt. Col. Ulrich Schmidt, director of the German Patriot Office, told the crowd.

Schmidt presented farewell gifts to Bill Breffeilh, deputy project manager for Lower Tier Project Office, as Breffeilh leaves for the Missile Defense Agency. The mementos included a coin of excellence, a book about Germany and a plaque.

“These last nine years have been a wonderful ride,” Breffeilh said.

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