Sunday, November 9, 2014

Mr. Gorbatchov, Tear Down This Wall

These words were spoken by Ronald Reagan under his visit in Berlin on June 12 1987. Although it has been called "The four most famous words of Ronald Reagan's Presidency", the speech, held in front of the Brandenburg Gate, received "relatively little coverage from the media",
Reagan acknowledges the crowd after his speech in front of the Brandenburg Gate in West Berlin on June 12, 1987. At the time, though, it received a muted reception. But two decades later, the speech has passed into history as one of the "great communicator's" most stirring moments. Today, the President Reagan’s speech has passed into history as one of the "great communicator's" most stirring moments.

It was the beginning of the final stages of the DDR, the hated East German State. And today, Germany celebrated the anniversary of the wall breaking up on November 9 1989.

More than one million people are expected to visit Berlin this weekend as the German city celebrated the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, according to tourist organization Visit Berlin.

Some visitors from Germany and around the world on Saturday took pictures in front of the graffiti-covered remnants of the Wall, the AFP reports. Others observed the 7,000 white balloons that are tethered along the Wall’s path and will be released Sunday to conclude three days of festivities.

“I think you never forget how you felt that day — at least I will never forget it,” said German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who grew up in the East Germany, in one of her podcasts. “I had to wait 35 years for that feeling of liberty. It changed my life.”

I sure remember that day in 1989. Bea and I were sitting in our farm house kitchen in Norway listening to a radio program when the program was stopped with this unbelievable message that the wall was coming down. I also remember that tears of joy appeared on our faces. We just couldn’t hold it back it was just too strong a message.


  1. The anniversary of that day is definitely one to celebrate!

  2. I wonder who will tell an American President to "tear down this wall" they've built between Mexico and the United States? It's rather ironic don't you think??


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