Ronald Reagan's Speech At The Brandenburg Gate

Reagan Speaking At The Brandenburg Gate As part of the celebrations to commemorate the 750th anniversary of Berlin, on the 12th June 1987 U.S. President Ronald Reagan delivered a speech in front of some 45,000 people that would become a fundamentally iconic part of the history of the Berlin Wall - almost as iconic as the Brandenburg Gate in front of which it was delivered. In it, Reagan challenged the General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev, to tear down the Wall as part of his ongoinging policies of glasnost and perestroika.

 

Below you will find the full audio of the speech, along with images of Reagan's transcript itself.

To hear the speech, click on the arrow below:

Images courtesy of the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration.