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Celebrate World Freedom Day: The Fall of the Berlin Wall 22 Years Ago

In 1987 Ronald Reagan gave his famous speech at Brandenburg Gate calling for the freedom of a people controlled by tyrannical government. Today we celebrate World Freedom Day and the 22nd anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, a time in history when the shackles of communism were finally broken.

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General Secretary Gorbachev, if you seek peace, if you seek prosperity for the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, if you seek liberalization: Come here to this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!

 

As someone who has family in Croatia, formally known as communist Yugoslavia, I have a deep appreciation for Reagan's courage. Without his calls for freedom, my family, whose country after a war and huge sacrifices now has a constitution modeled after the United States Constitution and public buses adorned with the phrase, "Libertas," may not be free. 

 

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