Fall of The Berlin Wall Celebration
MICHAEL REAGAN JOINS
THE FALL OF THE BERLIN WALL CELEBRATION
The Reagan Legacy Foundation Announces Michael Reagan's Visit to Berlin as Part of the Fall of the Berlin Wall 20thYear Celebration and the Opening of the Permanent Ronald Reagan Exhibit at the Checkpoint Charlie Museum
BERLIN, GERMANY — Michael Reagan, son of former U.S. President Ronald Reagan, will attend ceremonies in Germany marking the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.On behalf of the Reagan Legacy Foundation, Mr. Reagan will lead a delegation and will be joined by world leaders for the 'Freedom Party' at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin on November 9, 2009.
Former President Reagan will be honored for his role in liberating Eastern Europe at the 'Checkpoint Charlie' Museum, site of his historic remarks, including 'Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!'
It was not long thereafter on November 9, 1989, that GŁnter Schabowski, an official of the East Berlin SED party, announced that the citizens of the GDR were free to leave with immediate effect. A short time later, crowds flocked to the border crossings to demand their immediate opening.
A display of a thousand giant dominoes running from the Reichstag to Potsdamer Platz, a course of two kilometers, will signify the trail of the Berlin Wall. Witnesses from the day that the Wall fell will be joined by world leaders and public figures who will symbolically bring down the domino pieces.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and French President Nicolas Sarkozy are among those expected in Berlin for the ceremonies.
The following press availabilities for Mr. Reagan include:
Friday, November 6, 2009 11:00 AM with Alexandra Hildebrandt, Director of the Museum House at Checkpoint Charlie.Topic, June 11, 1982 - US President Ronald Reagan: Visit to Berlin and Checkpoint Charlie.
Saturday, November 7, 2009 4:00 PM opening of the new permanent exhibit with invited guests from the worlds of business, culture, politics, industry, federations and the media.
Saturday, November 7, 2009 6:00 PM remarks by Michael Reagan, Ambassador Philip D. Murphy (invited), Dr. Lothar de Maiziere, Former Prime Minster and Alexandra Hildenbrandt. The exhibit will include excerpts of President Reagan's June 12, 1987 speech and other unique Reagan artifacts, such as personal items from the Reagan Ranch, rare photos, video, and historic items from Reagan's meetings with Gorbachev and Reagan's visits to Berlin.
Monday, November 9, 2009 throughout the day taking part in the 'Freedom Party' at the Brandenburg Gate and other venues around Berlin.
Mr. Reagan is available for one-on-one interviews, as requested, prior and during his visit to Berlin, along with others in the U.S. delegation accompanying him.
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About the Reagan Legacy Foundation
The Reagan Legacy Foundation is a non-profit, charitable organization founded by Michael Reagan to advance the causes of President Ronald Reagan and to memorialize the accomplishments of his legacy.For more details about the Reagan Legacy Foundation, please visit: www.reaganlegacyfoundation.org.
About the Checkpoint Charlie Museum
Checkpoint Charlie was the principal pass point between East Berlin and West Berlin since the construction of the Berlin Wall in 1961, at one point 155 kilometers of barbed wire concrete walls surrounding the west side of Berlin.Today, the Checkpoint Charlie Museum will be home to a permanent exhibit which commemorates President Ronald Reagan's famous speech ('Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!') to educate the public about Ronald Reagan's historic contributions to the fall of communism and the reunification of Germany.
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