THE SALINA JOURNAL INTERNATIONAL FRIDAY. MAY 15, 1998 AS plights of mercy LEFT: Berlin Mayor Eberhard Diepgen (left) and Commander of the U.S. Air Forces Europe Gen. John P. Jumpe (third from right) unveil the official name of the C-17 U.S. Air Force cargo plane "The Spirit of Berlin" during the ceremony Thursday in Berlin marking the 50th anniversary of the Berlin airlift. President Clinton (second from right) is flanked by German Chancellor Helmut Kohl. BELOW: Former airlift pilot Gail Halvorsen, 77, lifts up Adrienne Hudson during the ceremony. Adrienne's parents are Americans now living in Berlin. Photos by The Associated Press T PRESIDENT CLINTON Stretching exercises backfire on Clinton By The Associated Press EISENACH, Germany — President Clinton is suffering from a wrenched back. Clinton clearly was uncomfortable Thursday as he shook hands with hundreds of people after a speech at an auto plant in Eisenbach, and his doctors gave him a mild analgesic, Motrin. Later, he walked with a stiff gait as he prepared to leave Germany for Birmingham, England, where the Group of Eight econom- ic summit convenes today. While boarding Air Force One, the president moved very slowly, using both hands on the rails to pull himself up the stairs. White House press secretary Mike McCurry said Clinton left Germany about 90 minutes early because of the back pain, saying, "My back's hurting me. It's killing me. Let's go." Arriving in Birmingham, the president was asked how his back felt and he replied "good." McCurry said Clinton wrenched his back during stretching exercises Monday, "when he thought, he was going to go play golf." The problem was aggravated because the president has been on his feet a lot since arriving in Germany early Wednesday, McCurry said. "So when he woke up this morning, he really was experiencing a lot of lower back pain," McCurry said Thursday. "But it has affected his ability to kind of like move along the ropeline. So he was a little stiff." Berliners remember hope brought by U.S. airlifts PRICES GOOD FRIDAY, MAY 15 & SATURDAY, MAY 16 ONLY! 321 SO. Broadway 785-827-4474 SALINA PHARMACY/OPTICAL 785-825-0524 OPEN MOM.-SAT. 9 TO 9 SUNDAY AFTER CHURCH 11 TO 5 BOD GROCERY ITEMS IN THIS AD AVAILABLE WITH ADDITIONAL $ 10.00 GROCERY PURCHASE. By The Associated Press ! •; BERLIN — Half a century later, memories of ithe Berlin airlift remain crystal clear: The black- puts, powdered eggs and milk, chocolates falling from the sky. And above all, the roar of the American planes. "It was so loud you couldn't speak sometimes, but we didn't care," Berliner Wolfgang Messall recalled. "As long as the planes were coming, we knew we weren't alone." •';, And come they did. Over the course of 462 days, '278,228 flights of mercy kept hope alive for the besieged people of West Berlin. Messall, a retired newspaper salesman, was one .of dozens of honored guests at a ceremony Thursday — honored for their age and for their experi- Bnces. Clasping bouquets of tiny U.S. and German flags, the old West Berliners sat front and center in the audience at Tempelhof airport, living testimony to a Cold War chapter of fear and hope. President Clinton and Chancellor Helmut Kohl, with eloquent speeches, commemorated the 50th anniversary of the airlift. But it was the survivors' stories that resonated. Joachim Zillmann, 13 years old when the airlift started in June 1948, helped dig stones from the streets to expand the runways at Tempelhof for the Allied aircraft that ultimately delivered 2 million tons of coal and food. Karl Janetzke, wearing a navy suit for the occasion, remembers his mother hurrying to iron during the two hours of daily rationed electricity. After school, he and his buddies rode bikes to the airport hoping for a closer look at the planes glimpsed only fleetingly as they thundered over the city. "There was an expression back then that everyone knew: 'The Russians are coming.' That was our greatest worry," he said. "And the Americans saved us from that." Gratitude to the United States was the theme of the day, for sustaining West Berlin and for eventually bringing about the fall of communism as a result. Many of those old enough to remember the airlift said the continued existence of West Berlin — just a Wall away from the East — kept constant pressure on the communist bloc with its blatant example of freedom. In his speech, Kohl described the airlift as an inspiration to all of West Germany, one that gave a defeated nation the goal of rebuilding their democracy and once again standing on its own as part of the free world. 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