President Reagan, noting the approaching 27th anniversary of the construction of the Berlin Wall, said Friday the barrier is "dramatic proof of communism's failed dream."
Noting a speech he gave last year challenging Soviet General Secretary Mikhail S. Gorbachev to tear down the wall, Reagan said "the United States is honored to stand firmly with the British and French to defend the freedom and promote the well-being of Berlin.""Aug. 13 (Saturday) marks a sad anniversary," the president said in a statement. "That wall is both a scar across the city of Berlin and a symbol of the division of the German nation and of Europe."
"As tentative breezes of openness begin to stir the societies in the East, the wall now stands in stark contrast to the human struggle for freedom taking place in its shadow," Reagan said. "There is no more dramatic proof of communism's failed dream than the wall."
He said that "as we recall the construction of the wall on this day in 1961, the people of the United States reaffirm their commitment to Berlin and salute the brave people who live there."