On the occasion of the 20th Anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, President Barack Obama extends his congratulations to the people of Germany – and the people of Europe. On November 9, 1989, Germans from both sides of the wall joined together, moving freely between East and West – something that had been denied them for over a generation. This year, we commemorate and recognize their decision, and the decisions of the peoples of Central and Eastern Europe in 1989 to choose freedom over oppression, liberty over captivity, and hope over despair.
President Obama today announced the designation of a Presidential Delegation to Berlin, Germany to attend the 20th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall on November 9, 2009.
The Honorable Hillary Rodham Clinton, Secretary of State, will lead the delegation.
Members of the Presidential Delegation:
The Honorable Philip D. Murphy, U.S. Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany
Lt. Gen. Brent Scowcroft, USAF (Ret.), President, The Scowcroft Group and former National Security Advisor to Presidents Gerald Ford and George H.W. Bush
Dr. Zbigniew Brzezinski, Counselor and Trustee, Center for Strategic & International Studies and former National Security Advisor to President Jimmy Carter
Mr. Craig Kennedy, President of the German Marshall Fund of the United States