On June 12, 1987, President Ronald Reagan delivered remarks at the Brandenburg Gate in West Berlin – a city divided by a despicable, harsh, barbed wire crowned wall. For almost 30 years, the wall had separated East Germany from West Germany, separated one family generation from another, and separated oppression from freedom. 137 people died trying to get to the other side of the Wall.
On November 9, 1989, a little more than two years after President Reagan called upon General Secretary Gorbachev to “tear down this wall,” the citizens of Germany did, freeing hundreds of millions of people from the tyranny of communism. The collapse of the Berlin Wall ushered in freedom, democracy and hope in Eastern Europe. President Reagan’s words then are equally evocative today as the United States faces challenges as complicated and fearful as those he confronted.
Join us as we commemorate the 25th Anniversary of President Reagan’s call for freedom at the Berlin Wall with a screening of his historic speech.
6:00 p.m. Reception ~ 7:00 p.m. Screening
Ronald Reagan Distinguished Fellow in Public Policy,
The Heritage Foundation
More About the Speakers
Becky Norton Dunlop
Vice President, External Relations