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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.rea­gan­foun­da­ 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.

First per­son ac­counts, se­cond­hand knowl­edge to jharper@ wash­ing­ton­

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