Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Time for Reagan to Take His Place in History
National group dedicated to preserving Reagan’s legacy commends effort to memorialize Reagan’s speech at the Brandenburg Gate

Washington, D.C. – The Ronald Reagan Legacy Project (RRLP), a leading force in preserving the ideas of America’s 40th president, commends the efforts of Sen. Wayne Allard (R-CO) to honor Ronald Reagan’s legacy. On Monday, the 19th anniversary of Ronald Reagan’s groundbreaking speech at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Sen. Allard introduced a resolution to authorize an artistic tribute to commemorate his historic speech to be placed in the Capitol.

On June 12, 1987, President Reagan, a stalwart defender of freedom and democracy, delivered his famous “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!” speech. His message was one of unity, prosperity and freedom; “…there stands before the entire world one great and inescapable conclusion: Freedom leads to prosperity. Freedom replaces the ancient hatreds among the nations with comity and peace. Freedom is the victor.”

“Senate Concurrent Resolution 100 offers a fitting tribute to a moment that has defined the course of our modern world,” said Grover Norquist, chairman of the RRLP. “Reagan led our nation and the world through one of the most dangerous times in history. His strong resolve and leadership brought us through the Cold War, inspired America, and substantially reduced the tax burden on this great country.”

The Ronald Reagan Legacy Project is dedicated to promoting the legacy of President Ronald Reagan's leadership by working toward one significant monument named after him in each of America's 50 states, as well as some dedication in every county in America. To date, more than 80 monuments have been dedicated to the former president, such as Mount Reagan in New Hampshire.

“Two years after his passing and nearly two decades after he called for one Berlin united in freedom, it is more important than ever to preserve his legacy for future generations,” concluded Norquist. “Today, I urge Congress to honor the greatest president of the 20th century and establish a tribute in the Capitol to Reagan’s historic speech.”

The RRLP is committed to preserving the legacy of one of America’s greatest presidents throughout the nation and abroad. Grover Norquist, chairman of the RLLP, is available for interviews regarding Ronald Reagan’s legacy and the group’s projects. Please contact John Kartch at (202)-785-0266 or