November 9, 1989: A happy day for Germany - the Berlin Wall fell.
Hard to imagine a more fitting image of the oppressive nature of communism than the Berlin wall.
Not many German politicians believed prior to 1989 in the fall of this symbol of communist dictatorship.
Gerhard Schroeder - now Germany's chancellor - and Joschka Fischer - now Germany's foreign minister - were still marching to a different beat in the years preceding 1989... (But then again, they are still marching to a different beat today.)
It was an American president - Ronald Reagan - who in 1987 exclaimed " Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!"
And it was above all Americans who protected Berlin – and Germany – in those years from the aggression of the USSR and its East German satellite.
Reason enough to say ‘thank you.’
Thank you, USA!