WHEREAS, President Ronald Wilson Reagan, a man of humble background but exceptional character, was an outstanding leader at a time when that was what our nation greatly needed; and
WHEREAS, having been employed as an entertainer, union leader, corporate spokesman, Governor of the State of California, and eventually President of the United States, he understood the plight of every man, which informed his drive to advance freedom and secure the wellbeing of the people; and
WHEREAS, President Reagan served with honor and distinction for two terms as our nation’s 40th President; 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 our nation’s Presidential elections; and
WHEREAS, in 1981, when Ronald Reagan was inaugurated President, he inherited a disillusioned nation fettered by rampant inflation and high unemployment; and
WHEREAS, his dedication to the health and success of the nation’s youth fueled ambitious policies that helped lower crime and drug use throughout the nation; and
WHEREAS, President Reagan’s commitment to our Armed Forces contributed to restored pride in America, confidence in its leadership, and devotion to our shared values, and prepared the nation to meet 21st century challenges; and
WHEREAS, his vision of “peace through strength” led to the end of the Cold War and the ultimate demise of the Soviet Union, securing basic human rights for millions of people; and
WHEREAS, February 6, 2019 will be the 108th Anniversary of Ronald Reagan’s birth.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Michael J. Dunleavy, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF ALASKA, do hereby proclaim February 6, 2019 as:
Ronald Reagan Day
in Alaska, and encourage Alaskans statewide to reflect on his service and example, and celebrate the lasting impact he has had on our nation.