Reagan statue dedicated in Berlin to mark Wall fall

BERLIN (AP) - The U.S. Embassy in Berlin unveiled a statue of Ronald Reagan, a tribute to the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall on a site overlooking the location of the former president's iconic speech imploring the Soviet Union to remove the barrier.

A statue of former President Ronald Reagan stands in the US embassy after United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo unveiled the statue in Berlin, Germany, Friday, Nov. 8, 2019. | Credit: AP Photo / Markus Schreiber

The larger-than-life statue was installed Friday atop the embassy's terrace, at eye-level with the landmark Brandenburg Gate in downtown Berlin.

The gate, on the East German side of the Berlin Wall, was the backdrop for Reagan's 1987 speech when he challenged Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev to go further with the reforms he was instituting.

Reagan implored him: "If you seek liberalization, come here to this gate. Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate. Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall."

The Berlin Wall fell Nov. 9, 1989.

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