28 years ago today, Ronald Reagan put the final nail in the Soviet Union’s coffin. With a speech to commemorate the 750th anniversary of Berlin on June 12, 1987 in front of divided Germany’s Berlin Wall and Brandenburg Gate he spoke to a huge crowd of West Germans who lived in prosperous freedom, while on the other side of the wall, Germans who lived under the iron fist of Communist totalitarianism listened secretly, quietly, hiding the hope for freedom deep within their hearts.
The wall would open less than two years later, as the forces of tyranny began to wane. The wall’s demolition began in the summer of 1990 culminating with Germans celebrating their nation’s reunification, and was completed in 1992 after the Soviet Union had collapsed out of existence. Freedom and Liberty had triumphed over autocracy.