Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Poland’s ‘Symbol of Liberty’ to Get Statue
City square may also be renamed after Ronald Reagan

Washington, D.C. – On February 9th, city hall spokesman Waldemar Bojarun announced that the city of Katowice, Poland may erect a statue of Ronald Reagan in the town’s center square. In an open letter, the city’s major recognized President Reagan as a “symbol of liberty” during a time of communist occupation. The Ronald Reagan Legacy Project applauds the city of Katowice for its commitment to preserving Reagan’s contributions to freedom around the world.

The new Reagan statue would replace the current memorial of Soviet troops, who drove out the Nazis from Poland in 1945. Additionally, Katowice’s councilors are also in favor of renaming the city’s Freedom Square to “Ronald Reagan Freedom Square.”

“Reagan was committed to defeating communism and releasing the choke hold of the ‘evil empire’ in Eastern Europe,” stated Grover Norquist, chairman of the Ronald Reagan Legacy Project. “I commend Katowice for recognizing Reagan’s legacy in Poland and for supporting a symbol of liberty for all those who believe in democracy.”

In 1989, Reagan’s commitment to the defeat of the Soviet Union took shape as Poland became the first nation in Eastern Europe to defeat communism. As a result, several other cities in Poland have dedicated memorials to Reagan, including Warsaw’s Reagan statue, “Ronald Reagan Square” in Krakow and “Ronald Reagan Circle” in Tarnow.

“With this statue, future generations of Poles will see that Reagan’s commitment stretched far beyond our domestic borders,” continued Norquist. “The Reagan memorial will act as a consistent reminder that freedom can prosper in all corners of the globe.”

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 jkartch@atr.org.