“I didn’t think that I would see the Berlin Wall come down in my lifetime and here we are 30 years later.”
Source: Daily Mail
A statue of Ronald Reagan has been unveiled at the site of his famous Berlin Wall speech where he urged the Soviet Union to ‘tear down’ the barrier. The former US president visited the city on June 12, 1987 where he challenged Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev to go further with the reforms he was instituting.
In a speech in front of the Brandenburg Gate, which was just on the East German side of the Wall, Mr Reagan said that peace and prosperity would only come from demolishing the wall.
Just two years later, on November 9, 1989, the East German government opened the country’s borders with West Germany, and openings were made in the Berlin Wall. It was demolished over the next few years.
Today, US secretary of state Mike Pompeo unveiled a statue in Mr Reagan’s honour, calling it a ‘monumental moment’ before helping remove its cover on the embassy’s terrace, at eye-level with the top of the Brandenburg Gate.
It comes as the city prepares to celebrate 30 years since the wall came down on November 9, 1989. The guarded concrete barrier physically and ideologically divided the German city from 1961 to 1989.