Former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft will return to the lectern he shared with President Ronald Reagan at Westminster College 20 years ago to deliver a commemorative speech at the 20th anniversary celebration of the “Breakthrough” sculpture, eight sections of the actual Berlin Wall transformed by sculptress Edwina Sandys in memory of her grandfather, Sir Winston Churchill.
Ashcroft, who was Missouri Governor at the time of the original “Breakthrough” dedication, will deliver his thoughts on his address and events of the day on that momentous occasion in Westminster history November 9, 1990.
To be held on the date of actual dedication anniversary, the event will take place at
4 p.m., Tuesday, November 9, at the “Breakthrough” sculpture on Latshaw Plaza of the Westminster campus in Fulton, MO. The public is invited.
“We want to invite everyone to come join us as we celebrate this great day in the history of the College,” says Westminster President Dr. George B. Forsythe. “We are honored that Attorney General Ashcroft has agreed to join us to deliver a special message for this celebration.”
Introducing the Attorney General will be former Missouri State Supreme Court Justice Edward “Chip” Robertson, Jr., Westminster class of 1974, who was Chief of Staff to Governor Ashcroft in 1990 and was also in attendance at the original dedication ceremony.
Other speakers at the event will include Westminster President Dr. George B. Forsythe and Dr. Rob Havers, Executive Director of the National Churchill Museum, which is co-sponsoring the event with Westminster College.
A public panel discussion will be held earlier in the day on campus of local citizens and journalists who attended the original event 20 years ago reminiscing about the experience. This public event will take place at 11 a.m. at the Lecture Hall in the Coulter Science Center on campus.