February 6, 2017: Ronald Reagan Day

WHEREAS, President Ronald Wilson Reagan, a man of humble background, worked throughout life serving freedom and advancing the public good, having been employed as an entertainer, Union leader, corporate spokesman, governor of California and president of the United States; and,

WHEREAS, Ronald Reagan served with honor and distinction for two terms as the 40th president of the United States of America, the second of which he earned the confidence of 3/5 of the electorate and was victorious in 49 of the 50 states in the general election – a record unsurpassed in the history of American presidential elections; and,

WHEREAS, in 1981, when Ronald Reagan was inaugurated President, he inherited a disillusioned nation shackled by rampant inflation and high unemployment; and,

WHEREAS, Mr. Reagan’s commitment to an active social policy agenda for the nation’s children helped lower crime and drug use in our neighborhoods; and,

WHEREAS, President Reagan’s commitment to our armed forces contributed to the restoration of pride in America, her values and those cherished by the free world, and prepared America’s Armed Forces to meet 21st century challenges; and,

WHEREAS, President Reagan’s vision of “peace through strength” led to the end of the Cold War and the ultimate demise of the Soviet Union, guaranteeing basic human rights for millions of people; and,

WHEREAS, February 6, 2017 will be the 106th anniversary of Ronald Reagan’s birth and the thirteenth since his passing;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim February 6, 2017 as Ronald Reagan Day in Michigan.