Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Georgia Governor Urged to Honor Reagan
National group calls on Gov. Perdue to sign Ronald Reagan Day into law

Washington, D.C. - The Georgia legislature passed House Bill 713 on that would designate February 6th as “Ronald Reagan Day” in the state and on April 3rd, sent the measure to the governor’s desk. The Ronald Reagan Legacy Project, a national group dedicated to memorializing the late president, applauds the efforts of lawmakers honoring the former president and urges Gov. Sonny Perdue (R) to sign the bill into law.

For the last four years, Gov. Perdue has honored Reagan by issuing a proclamation declaring February 6th of each year Ronald Reagan Day. By signing HB 713 and enacting an annual Ronald Reagan Day, Gov. Perdue would ensure that Reagan’s legacy is preserved for future generations.

“By issuing proclamations each year, Gov. Perdue has demonstrated his appreciation for Ronald Reagan Day and its importance in preserving Reagan’s legacy,” said Grover Norquist, chairman of the RRLP. “I encourage the governor to take the next step and join the Georgia lawmakers in establishing an annual day to honor the accomplishments of our former president.”

Despite a majority of Georgian voters selecting native-son Carter in the 1980 election, Reagan’s humble mannerisms and valiant character won him a place in the hearts of the Georgian people in his run for re-election in 1984. He swept the state, winning over 60 percent of the votes. Georgia currently has three memorials dedicated to the late president, a park and two highways.

“Reagan took our country from high unemployment and economic malaise to an era of prosperity, freedom, and in the process, renewed the American spirit.” concluded Norquist. “It is fitting and appropriate that our leaders today, such as the Georgia legislature, honor our former president by designating February 6th of each year as Ronald Reagan Day."

The RRLP seeks to name at least one monument to President Reagan in each of America’s counties, and in nations that were once Communist. RRLP Chairman Grover Norquist, a long time Washington insider, is available for interviews. Please contact John Kartch at 202-785-0266 or jkartch@atr.org