Monday, September 25, 2006

Reagan Honored in Poland
Statue of Reagan to be placed in Warsaw

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Thanks to the efforts of pro-liberty Poles living in Poland, Canada and the United States, Ronald Reagan will be honored with a statue in Warsaw. The Ronald Reagan Legacy Project (RRLP), a leading force in preserving the ideas of America’s 40th President, applauds the group’s efforts to memorialize Reagan’s contributions to freedom around the world.

The stone and bronze statue will be placed across from the United States Embassy and will be unveiled on July 4th, 2007. Janusz Dorosiewicz, a Polish businessman behind the private project who spent 15 years in the U.S., told Reuters, “Reagan was the person who defeated the communists and opened the way for freedom in Poland. The statue is a way for his legacy to live on.”

“Ronald Reagan’s legacy is one of freedom and prosperity. This legacy is truly strengthened by the efforts of Janusz Dorosiewicz and the other Poles who led this initiative,” said Grover Norquist, chairman of the RRLP. “We often reflect on Reagan’s domestic achievements; however dedications such as a statue in Warsaw, the former heart of Communist control help to highlight his work to rid the world of tyranny and economic oppression.”

When he took office, Ronald Reagan inherited a nation of discontent and with his economic package spurred growth and created the longest peacetime economic expansion in history. His defense politics brought about the demise of the Soviet Union, bringing freedom to hundreds of millions of people around the world, and laid the groundwork for our victory in the Gulf War. In 1989, Poland became the first nation in Eastern Europe to defeat communism.

“Reagan’s popularity stems not only from his understanding and embodiment of the American Dream, but from his dedication to the thoroughly human need for freedom and choice,” continued Norquist. “I commend the selfless efforts of those who propelled this initative and I urge all Americans and those in former Soviet nations to seek ways to preserve Reagan’s legacy for future generations.”

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