BERLIN (AP) — The U.S. Embassy in Berlin is unveiling a statue of Ronald Reagan, a tribute to the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall on a site overlooking the location of the former president's iconic speech imploring the Soviet Union to remove the barrier.

PHOTO GALLERY: See scenes from Berlin in 1989 in a gallery at the end of this story

The larger-than-life statue is being installed Friday atop the embassy's terrace, at eye-level with the landmark Brandenburg Gate in downtown Berlin.

The gate, on the East German side of the Berlin Wall, was the backdrop for Reagan's 1987 speech when he challenged Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev to go further with the reforms he was instituting.

Reagan implored him: "If you seek liberalization, come here to this gate. Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate. Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall."

The Berlin Wall fell Nov. 9, 1989.


SCENES FROM BERLIN 30 YEARS AGO

Built in 1961, the Berlin Wall stood for 28 years at the front line of the Cold War between the Americans and the Soviets. On Nov. 9, East Germany opened its heavily fortified border. Over the subsequent weeks and months, people chipped away at the barrier.

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