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    Ronald Reagan Speech Signed "This is for you/Ronald Reagan" at the top of the first page, 9 pages, 8.5" x 14", separate sheets stapled together in the upper left. "The White House/Office of the Press Secretary/(Strasbourg, France)/For Immediate Release May 8, 1985/Remarks of the President/to a Special Session/of the European Parliament." President Reagan was in Europe to commemorate the 40th anniversary of V-E Day and the defeat of Nazi Germany. Speech as delivered, noting "Applause," "Laughter," and "Boo-o-o." Pres. Reagan said, in part, "We mark today the anniversary of the liberation of Europe from tyrants who had seized this continent and plunged it into a terrible war. Forty years ago today, the guns were stilled and peace began, a peace that has become the longest of this century. On this day 40 years ago, they swarmed onto the boulevards of Paris, rallied under the Arc de Triomphe and sang the Marseillaise. They were out there in the open and free air. And now, on this day 40 years ago, Winston Churchill walked out onto a balcony in Whitehall and said to the people of Britain, 'This is your victory.' And the crowd yelled back, in an unforgettable moment of love and gratitude, 'No, it is yours.' Londoners tore the blackout curtains from their windows, put floodlights on the great symbols of English history. And for the first time in nearly 6 years, Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, and St. Paul's Cathedral were illuminated against the sky. Across the ocean, a half a million New Yorkers flooded Times Square and laughed and posed for the cameras. In Washington, our new President Harry Truman called reporters into his office and said, 'The flags of freedom fly all over Europe.' On that day 40 years ago, I was at my post in an Army Air Corps installation in Culver City, California. Passing a radio, I heard the words, 'Ladies and gentlemen, the war in Europe is over.' I felt a chill, as if a gust of cold wind had just swept past, and even though for America there was still a war in the Pacific front, I realized I would never forget that moment..." Fine condition.

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