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Reagan's Birthday Celebrated at Home, and in Dozens of States

Wednesday, 06 February 2002 12:00 AM

The former President and Mrs. Reagan will mark his birthday quietly and privately at their home in Bel Air, Calif., a suburb of Los Angeles, a spokesperson for the family told CNSNews.com.

A full day of birthday activities will take place at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Calif., according to spokesperson Melissa Giller. But none of the Reagan family is expected to attend.

"We have a very, very busy day out here at the library to celebrate his birthday. We are having a cherry tree dedication at 10:30 in the morning from the (Japan) Miyazaki Cherry Tree Association. President Reagan was known in Japan as one of the friendliest and most admired presidents. So they are donating trees for his birthday," said Giller.The cherry tree dedication will include music and dancing.

Later, reporter and author Lou Cannon, who has known Reagan since 1965 and reported on all of Reagan's political career, will hold a lecture, then sign his latest biography on the former president, entitled "The Presidential Portfolio."

Giller said birthday cake would be available for library patrons all day long, along with other displays.

"We will have ten large birthday cards on display, each with a different picture of President Reagan and whoever comes by can sign those cards and the next day we will mail them to him," said Giller.

In Baltimore, restauranteur Marc McFaul plans to host a "birthday bash" at his pub, the Ropewalk Tavern. McFaul will have a free buffet to celebrate the former president's birthday and later in the evening will cut a birthday cake in honor of Reagan.

Officials of the Ronald Reagan Legacy Project that was formed in 1997 to honor the accomplishments of the 40th president said 15 state legislatures have passed resolutions and 24 state governors have issued proclamations declaring February 6th as "Ronald Reagan Day."

Project officials also said that at least 24 states have recognized Reagan's birthday as a special day of remembrance. In addition, the governors of Nebraska and Illinois and the Vermont legislature have declared February 6th as a permanent day of remembrance for Reagan.

Grover Norquist, chairman of the Ronald Reagan Legacy Project, said he is pleased with the overwhelming state support for the former president and believes admiration for him continues to grow.

"Twenty-four states acted in a bi-partisan manner to remember the legacy of a president who defeated the Soviet empire, rebuilt our military and gave America the longest period of economic prosperity. This is a powerful display of affection toward a former president," Norquist said in a statement.

Thanks to an act of Congress, Washington's National Airport was renamed the Ronald Reagan National Airport several years ago.

Reagan, a former governor of California, was twice elected president in landslide victories, serving from 1981 to 1990.

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