This photo was taken on June 12th, 1987 during President Reagan’s famous speech demanding Mikhail Gorbachev to tear down the Berlin Wall.  The speech took place in front of the Brandenburg Gate.  The Berlin Wall was a twelve-foot concrete wall which extended for a hundred miles, surrounding West Berlin, and included electrified fences and guard posts.  It was built in 1961 to stop Germans from escaping Communist-dominated East Berlin into Democratic West Berlin.  Over time the wall stood as a symbol of the decades-old Cold War between the United States and Soviet Russia.

Ronald Reagan’s memorable line…

“We welcome change and openness; for we believe that freedom and security go together, that the advance of human liberty can only strengthen the cause of world peace. There is one sign the Soviets can make that would be unmistakable, that would advance dramatically the cause of freedom and peace. General Secretary Gorbachev, if you seek peace, if you seek prosperity for the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, if you seek liberalization, come here to this gate. Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate. Mr. Gorbachev...Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!”

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