Ashcroft to speak at Berlin Wall commemoration
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
FULTON, Mo. — Former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft is the keynote speaker for a commemoration of the Berlin Wall at Westminster College.
President Ronald Reagan was the featured speaker 20 years ago when a section of the Berlin Wall was dedicated at the Fulton campus. Ashcroft also was present as Missouri governor. His speech Tuesday is intended to mark the anniversary of that event. The public event will take place at 4 p.m. at the “Breakthrough” sculpture on Latshaw Plaza of the Westminster campus in Fulton.
Westminster has a history of hosting famous speakers.
In 1946, former British prime minister Winston Churchill delivered his “Iron Curtain” speech at the central Missouri school. The speech warned of efforts by the Soviet Union to spread communist control in post-war Europe.
Westminster is home of the largest contiguous section of the actual Berlin Wall in the U.S.