The Ronald Reagan Legacy Project — a special project of Americans for Tax Reform — commends Governor 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.
Governor Abbott’s proclamation reads, in part:
A man of humble beginnings, President Reagan devoted his life to advancing the public good as an actor, corporate spokesman, member of the U.S. Army Reserve, and governor of California. These leadership experiences strengthened his ability to unite communities and motivate people to action, and would contribute to his strong popularity with the American electorate. As our 40th president, he would unify a disillusioned nation and restore hope, faith, and a sense of deep pride in our exceptional country.
The organization also works with governors to declare Feb. 6, the anniversary of Ronald Reagan’s birth, as Ronald Reagan Day. Reagan’s legacy is celebrated by these proclamations, but also year round with dedications worldwide.
- 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.
- One of the most recent dedications came in June 2019 in Berlin, as the site of the “Tear Down This Wall” speech was named the Ronald Reagan Terrace and a bronze statue was erected.
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
“In such polarizing times, we need to remember President Reagan and how he united the country,” Norquist said. “Under his leadership, the United States thrived with lower taxes and less government interference. Internationally, he served as a beacon of freedom and democracy. His legacy cannot be forgotten.”
If any readers have an idea for a new Reagan dedication, please contact Bailey Drouant at 202-785-0266 or [email protected].