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JFK Speaks at the Berlin Wall June 26, 1963

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JFK Speaks at the Berlin Wall June 26, 1963

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    On June 22, 1963, President Kennedy left Andrews Air Force Base for a triumphant ten-day visit to New York that included stops in Germany, Britain, Italy, and Ireland. When he arrived in Berlin on June 26, more than half the population streamed into the streets, clapping and cheering for the charismatic American president.

    Before proceeding to City Hall, Kennedy visited that infamous Berlin wall which was constructed to halt the exodus of East Germans to West Berlin. At about noon, Kennedy made his way to the Brandenburg Gate where he first glimpsed the barrier which divided Berlin. The barren facade of crude concrete blocks and barbed wire appalled and angered Kennedy.

    The President was scheduled to gaze through the Brandenburg Gate into East Berlin. However, huge red banners were draped over the five arches of the gate to obstruct Kennedy's view. At Checkpoint Charlie, the crossing point into East Berlin controlled by the United States, Kennedy clearly glimpsed the Eastern sector where a small band of brave East Germans cheered his appearance.

    Kennedy then made his way to a platform outside City Hall where he delivered one of his most stirring speeches against Communism to 150,000 impassioned West Berliners. He proclaimed, "...There are some who say that Communism is the wave of the future. Let them come to Berlin...All free men, wherever they may live, are citizens of Berlin, and, therefore, as a free man, I'd take pride in the words 'Ich bin ein Berliner'" ("I am a Berliner.")

    All of the historic mint stamp on this Panel was issued in 1967 and depicts a radio tower symbolizing the call of freedom through the Voice of America. This Panel was postmarked in Washington, DC on June 22, the exact anniversary of JFK's departure for his historic trip to Berlin.

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