Location: Eureka College, Ronald Reagan Peace Garden
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In a May 9, 1982 speech at Eureka College, Illinois, the then U.S. President Ronald W. Reagan challenged the Soviet Union to a new era of negotiations to reduce nuclear arms – called START. The speech has been labeled “The Beginning of the End of the Cold War.” To commemorate this speech, the Eureka College dedicated the Ronald Reagan Peace Garden. (quoted from: http://www.eureka.edu/reagan/garden/)
The subsequent Strategic Arms Reduction Talks culminated in a bilateral treaty, signed by U.S. President George H.W. Bush and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbatshev in July 1991.
The portion of the Berlin Wall, a four foot by five foot section, was a gift of the Federal Republic of Germany, given to Eureka College to be included in the Reagan Peace Garden. Ronald Reagan graduated from Eureka College in 1932.
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