Tributes to Ronald Reagan’s 100th birthday soon go international. We’re talking big celebrations in Britain, Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic in late June and July that include black-tie galas, policy symposiums, the unveiling of two statues in London and Budapest and a Catholic Mass of thanksgiving in Krakow. Former Reagan administration stalwarts Condoleezza Rice and Ed Meese will attend several of the events on behalf of Nancy Reagan.
“President Reagan’s legacy of inspiring freedom changed the world. It remains as relevant today as it was when the Berlin Wall fell and the Cold War ended, particularly in Central Europe where change as a result of Ronald Reagan’s leadership is still felt in a very personal way,” Miss Rice said.
Meanwhile, the artists are at work. From jewelry designer Ann Hand, a limited edition brooch and cufflinks designed for the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation’s centennial celebration. Both feature the American eagle and one of Reagan’s most famous quotes, “You and I have a rendezvous with destiny,” from a pivotal 1964 address that essentially marked his entrance into politics.
“It has been a labor of love,” the designer tells the Beltway.
Both items are available beginning Monday through the Reagan Foundation website (www.reaganfoundation.org). Brooch and cufflinks are 18K gold and sterling silver, genuine pearls, priced at $450 and $275, respectively. Each features Reagan’s signature on the back.
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