On June 12, 1987, President Ronald Reagan stood in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin and made his famous speech that ended with: “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!”
Reagan at the Brandenburg Gate
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Somehow without first realizing it, on June 12, 2013, I stood in front of the Brandenburg Gate, not knowing the significance of that date in Berlin until I saw a museum exhibit. Well, here’s me in front of the Brandenburg Gate. As was on June 12, 1987 where free speech was exercised, I arrived at the gate in the middle of a protest. You can see the protestors in the background and to the left.
Later, I went to one of the nearby museums and read about the history of the wall. To my surprise, one exhibit showed Reagan giving his speech. I looked at the date then at my watch. I later turned to my dad and said something like: “Wait, that’s today.” He too was surprised. This is a pleasant surprise to be on Berlin 26 years later on such a famous day.