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President George W. Bush Dedicates Memorial

In June of 2007, President George W. Bush spoke at dedication ceremony at the Victims of Communism Memorial. Modeled after the papier mache “Goddess of Democracy” statue erected by student protestors in Tiananmen Square in 1989, the Memorial was dedicated on the twentieth anniversary of Ronald Reagan’s famous Brandenburg Gate speech. President Bush said, “We dedicate this memorial because we have an obligation to future generations to record the crimes of the 20th century and make sure they’re never repeated. In this hallowed place we recall the lessons of the Cold War: that freedom is precious and cannot be taken for granted.”