part of the article:NEWPORT NEWS, Va. -- "Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall." President Ronald Reagan used these words during his speech at the Berlin Wall in June 1987. Twenty-eight months later, the wall came down.
NEWPORT NEWS, Va., Nov. 14, 2002 -- Sculptor Chas Fagan and Capt. Bill Goodwin, Commanding Officer of Precommissioning Unit Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) unveil Fagan's artwork featuring a bronze relief of former President Ronald Reagan. The relief is attached to a piece of the Berlin Wall. The artwork will be on permanent display aboard the world's newest aircraft carrier currently under construction at Northrop Grumman Newport News Shipyard.
A piece of this wall, adorned with a bronze profile of the ship's namesake, will now be aboard the ship named in honor of President Reagan. Artist, Chas Fagan, who created the bronze profile presented the piece of the wall to Sailors aboard Precommissioning Unit Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) Nov. 14 during a ceremony at the Victory Arch in Newport News, Va.
"Many of us who served during the Cold War remember what the Berlin Wall represented -- oppression, communism and a lack of trust between two super powers," said Captain Bill Goodwin, Commanding Officer of Precommissioning Unit Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). "This piece of the wall honors our namesake whom many people credit with ending the Cold War.