The Heritage Foundation has linked to President Reagan’s radio address from April 2, 1983 as the country was observing Easter and Passover.

President Reagan at famous "Tear Down This Wall" speech, June 12, 1987

President Reagan at famous “Tear Down This Wall” speech, June 12, 1987

President Reagan talks about the unifying power of faith and the hope and the resilience faith in God provides enabling the human spirit to overcome great obstacles.  Here is the body of Reagan’s remarks,

“This week Jewish families and friends have been celebrating Passover, a tradition rich in symbolism and meaning. Its observance reminds all of us that the struggle for freedom and the battle against oppression waged by Jews since ancient times is one shared by people everywhere. And Christians have been commemorating the last momentous days leading to the crucifixion of Jesus 1,950 years ago. Tomorrow, as morning spreads around the planet, we’ll celebrate the triumph of life over death, the Resurrection of Jesus. Both observances tell of sacrifice and pain but also of hope and triumph.

As we look around us today, we still find human pain and suffering, but we also see it answered with individual courage and spirit, strengthened by faith. For example, the brave Polish people, despite the oppression of a godless tyranny, still cling to their faith and their belief in freedom. Shortly after Palm Sunday Mass this week, Lech Walesa faced a cheering crowd of workers outside a Gdansk church. He held his hand up in a sign of victory and predicted, “The time will come when we will win.

Recently, an East German professor, his wife, and two daughters climbed into a 7-foot rowboat and crossed the freezing, wind-whipped Baltic to escape from tyranny. Arriving in West Germany after a harrowing 7-hour, 31-mile journey past East German border patrols, the man said he and his family had risked everything so that the children would have the chance to grow up in freedom.”

Reagan’s words remind us that the great struggle for freedom faced by those under the grips of communist tyranny in the USSR was not that long ago.  Reagan’s unwavering strength and optimism paved the way for the collapse of the Soviet Union and a new life for those confined to its miseries.

As the world now witnesses Putin’s aggression toward the Ukraine, the importance of resolute American leadership reveals itself again.

Reagan’s full address can be found here.