Friday, November 6, 2009

The Berlin Wall is Gone

The Cold War Air Museum derives its name from the era between the end of WWII and the breakup of the Soviet Union. In a series of speeches and visits during his second term, American President Ronald Reagan challenged the Soviets to end that era and tear down the physical and trade barriers separating Eastern and Western Europe. Many historians consider the fall of the Berlin Wall as the "beginning of the end" of the Cold War.

Twenty years ago this week, on November 9th, 1989, free travel was again established between the Eastern and Western sectors of Germany. In celebration and remembrance of this event, we offer the following link to President Reagan's speech at the Brandenburg Gate challenging Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev to end the Cold War.

President Reagan was one of our most popular and charismatic leaders. This speech is a window on that time. The Cold War Air Museum is seeking items and artifacts of the era for exhibits.

One of our friends "from the other side" sent us this image, to the effect that the wall may be gone but a chasm still remains.

More links to images of the Wall.

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