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Reagan Statue Being Dedicated in Berlin to Mark Wall Fall

Reagan Statue Being Dedicated in Berlin to Mark Wall Fall
President Ronald Reagan, commemorating the 750th anniversary of Berlin, addresses on June 12, 1987 the people of West Berlin at the base of the Brandenburg Gate, near the Berlin wall. (MIKE SARGENT/AFP via Getty Images)

Friday, 08 November 2019 08:45 AM

The U.S. Embassy in Berlin is unveiling a statue of Ronald Reagan, a tribute to the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall on a site overlooking the location of the former president's iconic speech imploring the Soviet Union to remove the barrier.

The larger-than-life statue is being installed Friday atop the embassy's terrace, at eye-level with the landmark Brandenburg Gate in downtown Berlin.

The gate, on the East German side of the Berlin Wall, was the backdrop for Reagan's 1987 speech when he challenged Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev to go further with the reforms he was instituting.

Reagan implored him: "If you seek liberalization, come here to this gate. Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate. Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall."

The Berlin Wall fell Nov. 9, 1989.

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The U.S. Embassy in Berlin is unveiling a statue of Ronald Reagan, a tribute to the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall on a site overlooking the location of the former president's iconic speech imploring the Soviet Union to remove the barrier.
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