How will you celebrate Ronald Reagan Day?
Governor Aronld Schwarzenegger has proclaimed today, February 6, 2009, Ronald Reagan Day. So the pressing question is how will you celebrate this glorious day?
Will you trade arms for hostages?
Will you demand that someone tear down a wall?
Will you drag your feet for four years while over 20,000 Americans died from AIDS before you address it?
Will you end inflation?
Will you switch party affiliation?
Will you masterfully crack up a nervous group of reporters and doctors after some guy trying to impress Jodie Foster tried to assassinate you?
Will you deregulate and later bail out the Savings and Loans?
Will you accept your role as leader of the Republican party, even well after your death?
Or will you just bask in the glory of the proclamation written by another actor turned California governor, which you can read in its entirety after the jump?
In both of his Presidential Inaugural Addresses, Ronald Reagan spoke of heroes. He was not talking about the kinds we see in the movies, but about the kinds we see in our everyday lives: farmers, factory workers, doctors, entrepreneurs, families and others who work with a quiet devotion for the good of America and their fellowman. It was this same sense of devotion, service and faith in the decency of others and the ability of our country to overcome any challenge that likewise inspired Ronald Reagan.
Born ninety-eight years ago in a small town in northwestern Illinois, his will to serve saw him rescue swimmers as a young lifeguard, create training films as a member of the Army Air Corp during World War II and work as President of the Screen Actors Guild. In 1966, he was elected Governor of California, and in 1980, President of the United States. Both of these roles saw him come to office in times of great adversity, but his leadership left our state and nation better and safer places than they were before.
During our own times of adversity, I hope each of us can find in ourselves some of Ronald Reagan’s optimism and commitment to service. His was a spirit that crushed the Cold War, renewed our nation and faced an unknown future of Alzheimer’s disease with bravery. Letting that same spirit make a difference in our own lives and actions, is a fantastic and fitting tribute to this true American hero.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER, Governor of the State of California, do hereby proclaim February 6, 2009, as “Ronald Reagan Day”
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of California to be affixed this 5th day of February 2009.
President Ronald Reagan giving a final salute during military ceremonies honoring him at Andrews Air Force Base. LAT Library file photo: Bernie Boston / LA Times