Turning 21 in just under a week, my first daughter was born more than 20 months after the fall of the Berlin Wall and just six months before the Soviet Union became, officially, extinct--even she, the oldest of my children, has no memory of the Cold War.
I don't know how to explain to her or her brothers and sister what it felt like to listen to Ronald Reagan on June 12, 1987. I do know that it's important to try.
Here, the President's speaking copy. As with all his speeches, he marked up the text with a black felt pen, dividing the speech into phrases.