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!
- Address from the Brandenburg Gate
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When Mr. Gorbachev failed to answer Reagan's challenge, the people of West and East Germany came together to tear it down themselves. In doing so, they reclaimed their nation and changed the course of human events.
For my generation, Germany was powder keg, divided against itself, which threatened to become the flash point for a devastating global conflict. For my children, Germany is a unified nation, peaceful, prosperous, and a key partner in Europe.
What a change twenty years can make, with a little vision and the courage of a nation whose people were "yearning to breathe free".
Pictured are two portions of the Berlin Wall which were removed and brought to Spartanburg. They were erected in front of the Menzel plant on I-85 Business (the green I-85).