One of the my strongest memories from childhood was watching the Berlin Wall coming down.
Then November 9th, 1989, and the German people assembled to destroy that forced partition.
The celebration was electric, and you could feel it through the TV Screen. Two years later, I was still an elementary school kid, yet watching the morning news, the morning vespers of Russian priests, I understood the deep implications of the Berlin Wall falling, and the end of Communism.
Thinking back to the November 9th, 1989, I knew then that something epic was taking place that evening, and I was still in elementary school.
Twenty-five years later, the world is recognizing and reflecting on that epic day.
When I listened to the newscasters on CBS Sunday Morning (11-9-2014) questioning the consequences of this event, I have to wonder how short the memories must be for these seasoned journalists. Have they already forgotten the oppression of East Berliners who wanted to flee? Do today's media elites really think that Germans welcomed communist rule in any section of their country?
|"Tear Down This Wall!"|
|Reagan's Brandenburg Gate Speech in 1987|
He demanded Soviet premier remove that immoral blockade in his famous Brandenburg Gate speech.
|Reagan cutting a piece of the wall in 1989.|
I still cry when I see this picture.
In 1989, after his retirement, President Reagan finally saw his dream realized, and chipped away a piece of the wall for himself.
The Berlin Wall came tumbling down on November 25th, 1989, a symbol of oppression not just in Europe, but throughout the world. Its demise represents not just the eternal value in God-given freedom and individual sovereignty, but the unsurpassed resolve of leaders who stand for the truth, rather than caving into the pressure of the momentum or accepting the conformed certainties of our times.
|Reagan with Gorbachev in 1992|