Posted - October 3, 2011
Eureka College to Mark 22nd Anniversary of Fall of Berlin Wall
November 9 - 4:00 pm
Eureka College will observe the 22nd anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall at a ceremony at 4 p.m. Nov. 9 at the Ronald Reagan Peace Garden, which holds a section of the wall. This is the third time the college has held a Fall of the Wall event. This is the third year the college has held a Fall of the Wall event.
The ceremony will be free and open to the public. It will feature flags of the more than 20 countries that became democracies at the end of the Cold War, fireworks, an hors d'oeuvres reception and a birthday cake-cutting ceremony to recognize the Nov. 10 founding of the U.S. Marine Corps. It is sponsored in part by Mangold Ford Inc., Eureka.
Brig. Gen. Roger Machut
Onno Hueckmann, Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany based at the German Consulate in Chicago, will speak about the importance of continuing the celebration of freedom.
Keynote speaker will be Brig. Gen. Roger Machut, Commanding General of the 4th Marine Logistics Group, Marine Forces Reserve, which includes Engineer Co. "C" in Peoria. Machut is representing Gen. James Amos, Commandant of the Marine Corps.
Machut’s responsibilities include providing general and direct support and sustained combat service support above the organic capabilities of the support element of the Marine Air-Ground task force.
Machut was commissioned a second lieutenant in 1982 and served with the 7th Engineer Support Battalion at Camp Pendleton and aboard the USS Forrestal. He joined the Marine Corps Reserve in 1988. He was in command of the 6th Engineer Support Battalion when it was activated in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003. The battalion provided bulk fuel and water support for forces during the campaign to Baghdad. Returning the battalion home after seven months, he continued to prepare companies for further deployments in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. His personal decorations include the Bronze Star, the Meritorious Service Medal with gold star, the Navy Commendation Medal with gold star and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.
“Brig. Gen. Machut’s address and the entire Fall of the Wall ceremony will provide an opportunity to remember and honor those who helped achieve the ultimate victory for the ideals of individual freedom in the struggle against Communist oppression that defined the Cold War,” said John Morris, director of the Ronald W. Reagan Society at Eureka College.
“Eureka College is honored to use its unique role as the steward of the leadership lessons of alumnus Ronald Reagan, Class of 1932, to call attention to this anniversary of the end of the Cold War, which had defined the world for generations of people," Morris said.
Eureka College is among only several colleges and universities in the United States to have a section of the wall. The college received the 5-foot-by 4-foot section as a gift from the Federal Republic of Germany in 2000 when the college dedicated the peace garden. The garden was built with a gift from Peorians Anne and the late David Vaughan. It commemorates President Reagan’s speech at the college’s commencement in 1982 that proposed the elimination of a class of nuclear weapons. Some historians mark the speech as the beginning of the end of the Cold War. Reagan’s 1987 speech at the Brandenburg Gate in West Berlin included the now-famous statement to former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev, “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall.”
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