“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!” — President Ronald Reagan – June 12, 1987
The day was Nov. 9th, 1989. Has it really been 27 years? I remember sitting in my American Government class as Mr. Lundblad wheeled in a small, black and white television. I remember his words very well —“No daily quiz or lecture today, ladies and gentlemen. Put your books away, too. Today we are going to watch a historical moment.”
The Berlin Wall that divided East and West Germany came down that day. The Wall that stood for 28 years was a symbol and reminder of the Cold War and the oppression of people under the rule of communism.
Mr. Lundblad asked us to imagine what our lives would be like if we had a 12-foot concrete wall topped with barbed wire separating us from our neighbors. Not only a wall, but also vicious dogs and soldiers armed with machine guns watching your every move – to be a prisoner in your own country.