EUREKA, Ill. (WMBD) — Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev died Tuesday.

Gorbachev was known for helping end the Cold War and tearing down the Berlin Wall. His relationship with President, Ronald Reagan, and Eureka College Alum is still inspiring students, staff, and the community more than 30 years later.

“It is one of the top memories that many who have been around eureka college at Eureka College talk about still to this day,” said Eureka College President, Jamel Wright.

That memory dates back to 2009 when Mikhail Gorbachev visited Eureka College to speak about the leadership lessons of Ronald Reagan and how building relationships can make a big impression.

“It’s a significant reminder, and it’s a reminder that for him as an honorary Reagan fellow especially, that’s about leadership, it’s about transformational leadership it’s about the same leadership we want our students today to leave with,” said Wright.

Wright said memorabilia like this chunk of the Berlin Wall and these flags are spread throughout the school to set that important reminder.

“All of the flags behind me represent all the flags that were affected by the fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of the Cold War,” said Wright.

Wright said Eureka College put together a “Fall of the Wall” ceremony on the 30th anniversary.

“For me personally is the most moving ceremonies that we have at Eureka College,” said Wright.