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Ronald Reagan Legacy Project Celebrates 170 Worldwide Dedications to Our 40th President

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Posted by Bailey Drouant, John Kartch on Thursday, February 6th, 2020, 12:31 PM PERMALINK

February 6th is celebrated throughout the nation as ‘Ronald Reagan Day’ in honor of his birthday.

This year, for the president’s 109th birthday, 28 governors from both sides of the aisle have proclaimed the day in their states. DC Mayor Muriel Bowser also honored Reagan today with a proclamation.

Reagan’s legacy is celebrated not only on February 6th, but year round via dedications both in the United States and abroad. Throughout the world, there are 170 dedications to the president: 151 in 34 different states, the District of Columbia, and American Samoa.

There are also 19 international dedications in nine countries including Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Bulgaria, Germany, England, Ireland, Grenada and the Republic of Georgia.

Planning is underway for a significant monument in Kiev, Ukraine.

The most recent dedication came in June 2019 in Berlin, as the site of the “Tear Down This Wall” speech was named the Ronald Reagan Terrace. A bronze life-sized statue was also erected in the terrace.

Founded by ATR president Grover Norquist in 1997, the Ronald Reagan Legacy Project is committed to preserving the legacy of the 40th President of the United States throughout the nation and abroad. The project encourages the naming of buildings, roads, landmarks, and schools after the late President, with a long-term goal of a dedication in every county in all 50 states.

“Reagan reduced the size and scope of government, cut taxes for all Americans, and laid the foundation for economic prosperity,” said Norquist. “By the time he left office, America was freer, safer, and stronger in every way. Reagan’s leadership had a resounding impact on the lives of citizens here at home and individuals worldwide.

The Ronald Reagan Legacy Project commends the following governors and mayors for honoring Reagan with proclamations today:

Alabama – Kay Ivey (R)
Alaska – Mike Dunleavy (R)
Arizona – Doug Ducey (R)
Arkansas – Asa Hutchinson (R)
California – Gavin Newsom (D)
Colorado – Jared Polis (D)
Georgia – Brian Kemp (R)
Idaho – Brad Little (R)
Indiana – Eric Holcomb (R)
Iowa – Kim Reynolds (R)
Maryland – Larry Hogan (R)
Massachusetts – Charlie Baker (R)
Mississippi – Tate Reeves (R)
Missouri – Mike Parson (R)
Nebraska – Pete Ricketts (R)
New Hampshire – Chris Sununu (R)
New Jersey – Phil Murphy (D)
North Dakota - Doug Burgum (R)
Ohio – Mike DeWine (R)
Oklahoma – Kevin Stitt (R)
South Carolina – Henry McMaster (R)
South Dakota – Kristi Noem (R)
Tennessee – Bill Lee (R)
Texas – Greg Abbott (R)
Utah – Gary Herbert (R)
Vermont – Phil Scott (R)
West Virginia – Jim Justice (R)
Wyoming – Mark Gordon (R)
Washington D.C. – Muriel Bowser (D)

If any readers have an idea for a new Reagan dedication, please contact Bailey Drouant at 202-785-0266 or bdrouant@atr.org.

Photo Credit: US-Botschaft Berlin

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Reagan Legacy Project Commends D.C Mayor Bowser for Declaring Feb. 6 “Ronald Reagan Day”

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Posted by Bailey Drouant, John Kartch on Thursday, February 6th, 2020, 10:42 AM PERMALINK

The Ronald Reagan Legacy Project — a special project of Americans for Tax Reform — commends Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser for proclaiming Feb. 6 as “Ronald Reagan Day."

Founded by ATR president Grover Norquist in 1997, the Ronald Reagan Legacy Project is committed to preserving the legacy of the 40th President of the United States throughout the nation and abroad. The project encourages the naming of buildings, roads, landmarks, and schools after the late President, with a long-term goal of dedication in every county in all 50 states.

The organization also works with government officials to declare Feb. 6, the anniversary of Ronald Reagan’s birthday, as Ronald Reagan Day.

Mayor Bowser's D.C. proclamation reads:

WHEREAS, Febuary 6, 2020 will mark the 109th anniversary of President Ronald Reagan's birth; and

WHEREAS, Ronald Reagan served two terms as the 40th president of the United States, earning three fifths of the electorate and victorious in 49 of 50 states; and

WHEREAS, During his tenure as President, Ronald Reagan signed into law the bill that recognized the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr's birthday as a national holiday; and

As President Ronald Reagan appointed the first woman to the United States Supreme Court, Justice Sandra Day O'Connor; and

Ronald Reagan's demand to 'tear down this wall' led to the end of the Cold War, restoring basic human rights for millions of people.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, THE MAYOR OF WASHINGTON, DC, do hereby proclaim February 6, 2020, in Washington, DC, as "A DAY OF REMEMBRANCE FOR THE 109th BIRTHDAY OF PRESIDENT RONALD REAGAN."

There are currently 170 Reagan dedications worldwide. There are 151 dedications in 33 states and the District of Columbia, and 18 international dedications in nine countries including Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Bulgaria, Germany, England, Ireland, Grenada and the Republic of Georgia.

Planning is underway for a significant monument in Kiev, Ukraine.

The most recent dedication came in June 2019 in Berlin, as the site of the “Tear Down This Wall” speech was named the Ronald Reagan Terrace.

D.C. has at least five Reagan dedications citywide:

  • The Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center
  • The Ronald Reagan Chair in Public Policy, Heritage Foundation.
  • Ronald Reagan College Leaders Scholarship Program, The Phillips Foundation.
  • The Ronald Reagan Institute of Emergency Medicine
  • The Ronald Wilson Reagan Republican Center.

 

In addition, the main airport serving the Washington, D.C. area is named after Ronald Reagan.

“Reagan reduced the size and scope of government, cut taxes for all Americans, and laid the foundation for economic prosperity,” said Norquist. “By the time he left office, America was freer, safer, and stronger in every way. Reagan’s leadership had a resounding impact on the lives of citizens here at home and individuals worldwide.”

If any readers have an idea for a new Reagan dedication, please contact Bailey Drouant at 202-785-0266 or bdrouant@atr.org.

Photo Credit: https://www.reaganlibrary.gov/


Reagan Legacy Project Commends Governor Abbott for Declaring Feb. 6 “Ronald Reagan Day”

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Posted by Bailey Drouant, John Kartch on Tuesday, February 4th, 2020, 1:51 PM PERMALINK

The Ronald Reagan Legacy Project — a special project of Americans for Tax Reform — commends Governor Greg Abbott for proclaiming Feb. 6 as “Ronald Reagan Day” in Texas.

Founded by ATR president Grover Norquist in 1997, the Ronald Reagan Legacy Project is committed to preserving the legacy of the 40th President of the United States throughout the nation and abroad. The project encourages the naming of buildings, roads, landmarks, and schools after the late President, with a long-term goal of dedication in every county in all 50 states.

The organization also works with governors to declare Feb. 6, the anniversary of Ronald Reagan’s birthday, as Ronald Reagan Day.

Governor Abbott’s Texas proclamation reads, in part:

Inheriting leadership of a nation stricken with rampant inflation and high unemployment, President Reagan pushed forward bold economic plans that led to unprecedented growth and opportunity throughout the country. His administration guided this recovery by cutting taxes, reining in government spending and red tape, and promoting job creation and equal opportunity for all.

Through his commitment to our armed forces, he restored pride in America and its values. His “peace through strength” policies forced the conflict that eventually brought about the collapse of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War, delivering freedom to hundreds of millions of people around the world. President Reagan was a man of his word who stood with America’s allies and did not back down from our foes.

There are currently 169 Reagan dedications worldwide. There are 151 dedications in 33 states and the District of Columbia, and 18 international dedications in nine countries including Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Bulgaria, Germany, England, Ireland, Grenada and the Republic of Georgia. Planning is underway for a significant monument in Kiev, Ukraine.

The most recent dedication came in June 2019 in Berlin, as the site of the “Tear Down This Wall” speech was named the Ronald Reagan Terrace.

Texas has at least 10 Reagan dedications statewide:

  • Ronald W. Reagan Middle School in Grand Prairie
  • Ronald Reagan Avenue in Hickory Creek
  • Ronald W. Reagan Building in Houston
  • Ronald W. Reagan Boulevard in Leander
  • Ronald Reagan Road in San Antonio
  • Ronald Reagan High School in San Antonio
  • Ronald Reagan Public Library in San Antonio
  • Ronald W. Reagan Boulevard in Williamson County
  • Ronald Reagan Memorial Highway in Tarrant County
  • Ronald Reagan Memorial Highway in Harris County
     

“Reagan reduced the size and scope of government, cut taxes for all Americans, and laid the foundation for economic prosperity,” said Norquist. “By the time he left office, America was freer, safer, and stronger in every way. Reagan’s leadership had a resounding impact on the lives of citizens here at home and individuals worldwide.”

If any readers have an idea for a new Reagan dedication, please contact Bailey Drouant at 202-785-0266 or bdrouant@atr.org.


Ambassador Grenell Announces Reagan Dedication Overlooking "Exact spot where Reagan gave his Tear Down This Wall speech"

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Posted by Bailey Drouant on Saturday, June 15th, 2019, 11:00 AM PERMALINK

 

United States Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell this week announced a new dedication to Ronald Reagan in Berlin.

Grenell tweeted:

We have officially renamed the Embassy's outdoor space "The Ronald Reagan Terrace". It overlooks the exact spot where Reagan gave his Tear Down This Wall Speech.

At the site on 12 June 1987, Reagan said:

"There is one sign the Soviets can make that would be unmistakable, that would advance dramatically the cause of freedom and peace. General Secretary Gorbachev, if you seek peace, if you seek prosperity for the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, if you seek liberalization: Come here to this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!

Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform and founder of the Ronald Reagan Legacy Project, praised Grenell. "Ambassador Grenell has created The Ronald Reagan Terrace within the US embassy overlooking the Brandenburg Gate where Reagan gave his 'Mr. Gorbachev, Tear Down This Wall' speech, a timeless memorial to a moment, a speech, a self-evident statement, that not only described a change that reshaped the world, but made that change possible."

For the last three decades, Americans for Tax Reform’s Ronald Reagan Legacy Project has encouraged the naming of roads, schools, bridges, and other sites in honor of Ronald Reagan, with a long term goal of a dedication in every county in every state in the country. The organization also works with governors to declare February 6, the anniversary of Ronald Reagan’s birthday, as Ronald Reagan Day.

If you know of any dedications not on the RRLP list, or want to learn how to get a Reagan dedication near you, email Bailey Drouant at bdrouant@atr.org.

Photo Credit: Twitter/US-Botschaft Berlin


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