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Celebrations in the works for Ronald Reagan centennial in 2011

Celebrating the 100th anniversary of Ronald Reagan's birth
Celebrating the 100th anniversary of Ronald Reagan's birth
AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite

February 6, 2011 will be the 100th birthday of President Ronald Reagan. Plans are underway across the country for many incredible celebrations.

Stewart McLaurin, executive director of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation’s Centennial Celebration, told the LA Times, “…the celebration will not cost federal taxpayers a single penny, as President Reagan would have wanted.”

Events currently in the works are a Reagan-themed float to be in the Rose Parade on January 1st; an original piece of music – “Reagan Suite” – commissioned by Reagan’s boyhood home of Dixon, Illinois; a program reflecting on his Midwestern roots at Eureka College, where Reagan graduated; and possibly naming a mountain in Nevada after him. London is even planning on unveiling a statue of the beloved president.

The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library near Simi Valley will host several events, including a ribbon-cutting ceremony and military flyover to celebrate the museum’s multimillion-dollar makeover.

Composer David Holsinger will premiere a piece celebrating Reagan’s life at the historic Dixon Theatre in Dixon, Illinois. The local park district is planning to recreate the beach where Reagan was a lifeguard, including a replica of the lifeguard stand he used. Reagan is credited with saving 77 lives there.

For young children Dixon is planning a jelly bean counting contest in celebration of Reagan’s favorite treat.

4,500 people who make up the Reagan Alumni Association are considering a Washington-area event that will focus on Reagan’s enduring guiding principles.

Reagan’s birthplace, Tampico, Illinois, is currently raising money for a statue of “Young Reagan” to be placed in Reagan Park.

February 6, 2011 falls on the same day as Super Bowl Sunday.


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