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Rapid City in Pennington County, South Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

To our Visitors

The Berlin Wall Memorial

 
 
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By Ruth VanSteenwyk, August 10, 2017
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Inscription.  
Here, in America's Heartland between Mount Rushmore national Memorial and Ellsworth Air Force Base, remnants of the Berlin Wall are a vivid remainder that vigilance must never give way to complacency where freedom is concerned.

The Principles of freedom espoused by Mount Rushmore's four presidents played a pivotal role in destroying the Berlin Wall, the symbol of Communist tyranny. In 1980 world renowned Swiss health care lecturer, Dr. Angelo Sargenti, toured Ellsworth's missile wing and bomb wing. Sargenti said, "Colonel, I want to thank you and your airmen because what you are doing here on the western plains of South Dakota allows my people in our tiny corner of Switzerland to live in freedom."

Your financial contributions will help maintain this memorial and assist with further development of the Cold War / Berlin Wall story.

Finally, we pay tribute to the thousands of military persons who lost their lives, as well as to those who risked their lives, in the Cold War. We owe them our gratitude.

Picture captions:

In a formal ceremony on June 22, 1990, attended by
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By Ruth VanSteenwyk, August 10, 2017
2. To our Visitors Marker
foreign ministers from the United States, France, Great Britain, the Soviet Union, and both Germanys, a crane hoisted the Checkpoint Charlie guardhouse out of Friedrichstrasse.

New border crossings at the wall opened on November 9, 1989. Most of the activity was along the approximate two-mile section between the Brandenburg Gate and Checkpoint Charlie - a crossing into East Berlin located in the American sector. Rapid City's two Berlin Wall segments came from tis two-mile area.
 
Erected 1996.
 
Location. 44° 5.161′ N, 103° 13.667′ W. Marker is in Rapid City, South Dakota, in Pennington County. Marker is on Mount Rushmore Road. The Berlin Wall memorial is located in Memorial Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 434 N Mt Rushmore Rd, Rapid City SD 57701, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Tank Traps (here, next to this marker); Berlin Wall Segments (here, next to this marker); The American Commitment (a few steps from this marker); The Cruel Border (a few steps from this marker); Confrontation (a few steps from this marker); Construction of the Wall (a few steps from this marker); Celebrating Victory (a few steps from this marker); A City Divided (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rapid City.
 
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By Ruth VanSteenwyk, August 10, 2017
3. The Berlin Wall Memorial
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Also see . . .  The Berlin Wall Memorial. (Submitted on July 9, 2019, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota.)
 
Categories. War, Cold
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on July 10, 2019. This page originally submitted on July 9, 2019, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. This page has been viewed 51 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 9, 2019, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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