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In Memorial: Presidential Monuments Dedicated to Ronald Reagan

By    |   Tuesday, 12 May 2015 04:48 PM

Ronald Reagan was a towering figure in U.S. politics from his time as governor of California to his two terms as president from 1981 to 1989. His image remains towering through monuments and statues that honor his leadership qualities and the optimism he brought to Americans.

A 9-foot-high bronze statue of the 40th president was unveiled in 2011 at the Ronald Reagan National Airport in Arlington, Virginia, during the late president's centennial celebration, reports The Washington Times.

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The presidential figure is captured in mid-step as if welcoming visitors to the Washington-area airport terminal. The airport was renamed in his honor in 1998.

Many major facilities bear his name in Regan's adopted home state of California, including the Ronald Regan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, the Ronald Reagan Federal Building and Courthouse in Santa Ana, and the Ronald Regan Veteran Memorial Building in San Francisco.

However, officials around the country have shown their appreciation for Reagan's tireless and successful work as chief executive.

The Florida Legislature designated Florida's turnpike as the Ronald Reagan Turnpike in 1998. The legislators cited his successful efforts at winning the Cold War against the Soviet Union and his economic policies that ended double-digit inflation and high interest rates through 92 consecutive months of economic growth. The turnpike stretches more than 300 miles through the state.

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In Warsaw, Poland, Reagan was honored with the Ronald Reagan Monument in 2011 for his support of the Polish anti-communist labor union Solidarity. Located near the U.S. Embassy, the monument was unveiled by union leader Lech Walesa.

The 11 1/2-foot bronze statue depicts Reagan as he delivered his famous line, "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall," at Berlin's Brandenburg gate in 1987. The Poles, who had been under Soviet rule for decades, greatly admired Regan for his help in toppling the communist empire.

Regan's final resting place in Simi Valley, California includes a beautiful monument that features a marker with his words etched in a wall behind it: "I know in my heart that man is good, that what is right will always eventually triumph and there is purpose and worth to each and every life." The monument is part of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Center for Public Affairs.

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