“If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude than the animated contest of freedom, go from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains sit lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen!” – Samuel Adams

A Wall Torn Down 20 Years Ago

Ronald Reagan speaking in front of the Brandenburg Gate and the Berlin Wall on June 12, 1987.

Ronald Reagan speaking in front of the Brandenburg Gate and the Berlin Wall on June 12, 1987.

Today marks the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall which divided free West Germany from Soviet-dominated East Germany.

I was stationed in England when Ronald Reagan gave his famous “Tear Down This Wall” speech, and I was still living in England when that despicable wall came down.

I realize that today, the 20th anniversary of the fall of the wall, is probably a “day of infamy” for President Barack Obama and many in his administration who are so enamored with Marxism (Obama did, after all, have more important things to do), but for freedom-loving Americans and Europeans it is a joyous day.

One of the things President Ronald Reagan did to push back at the Soviet Union was to install intermediate-range missiles in Europe to stand against Soviet aggression.

I frequently worked at one of the Ground Launched Cruise Missile (GLCM) bases in England which help push the Soviet Union to collapse.   The Soviets ended up coming to the negotiating table when they saw we were serious about opposing them, and the result was the Intermediate Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty that eliminated this class of nuclear missile on both sides.  I frequently supervised special security posts when Soviet inspection teams came to our GLCM base to ensure treaty compliance.  It was an honor to be involved even in a small way in such historic events.

East and West Germans converse at the newly created opening in the Berlin Wall after a crane removed a section of the structure beside the Brandenburg Gate. (Credit: SSgt Lee Corkran)

East and West Germans converse at the newly created opening in the Berlin Wall after a crane removed a section of the structure beside the Brandenburg Gate. (Credit: SSgt Lee Corkran)

It was even more joyous to see freedom break out across Europe in the summer of 1989 and to see the Berlin Wall finally come down.

Celebrating New Years Eve in 1989 with my British friends, I cannot count the times as we walked the streets that I was approached by grateful Britons and other nationalities, thanking me as an American for being there in Europe to stand for freedom and for helping bring down the Wall.  I was kissed by so many European women that I didn’t know, it felt a little like how it must have been in the euphoria as World War II ended.

The fall of the Wall and the end of Soviet communism was, of course, a team effort.  British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher stood resolute against this evil empire, as did Pope John Paul, Lech Walesa from Poland and many others. But there can be no reasonable doubt that it was President Ronald Reagan’s determination and decisive action that made this success possible.

And now I have a piece of that evil wall in my souvenir collection as a reminder of the triumph of freedom over evil, a souvenir that I treasure probably above all others I possess.

Instead of embracing Marxism as our leaders are currently hell-bent on, we must stand strong, resolute and unwaveringly against this un-American, anti-freedom, evil philosophy.

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