ONE FOR NANCY REAGAN
In the typical whirlwind of legislation comes H.R. 5457, a nice breeze of a bill was introduced this week by Rep. Jody Hice. The Georgia Republican simply proposes that Gravelly Point Park — located on the Potomac River at the foot of the main runway at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport — be renamed Nancy Reagan Memorial Park. It is a petite, scenic and unique park. Aircraft thunder directly overhead, families picnic, and the grand marble monuments gleam across the river.
“Like her husband, Mrs. Reagan invested in people and worked diligently to strengthen our communities and advance the American dream for our citizens. She championed veterans, especially our heroes who were returning home after wartime, and spearheaded the Just Say No campaign to combat the use of recreational drugs,” notes Mr. Hice. “Mrs. Reagan was the embodiment of grace, elegance, and tenacity and put duty, honor, and country above all.”
The legislation has an outspoken champion. Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform, is a particular fan of the idea, and no wonder. He also founded the Ronald Reagan Legacy Project in 1997, an effort which encourages the naming of buildings, roads, landmarks, and schools after the late president. Mr. Norquist has sent a formal letter of support to Mr. Hice for the bill, and fired up a public petition at StandUnited. org
“Mrs. Reagan led a life dedicated to service and charity. Known for her passion for fighting alcohol and drug abuse, she has touched many lives, and her legacy will continue to inspire generations to come,” the petition states, noting that a number of public places have been named for first ladies. Indeed, Lady Bird Johnson Park is just up the parkway from Gravelly Point, and is now a part of the National Park System. It’s a personal thing as well. “It is time to honor Nancy Reagan by renaming Gravelly Point, the park right next to Reagan airport. Nancy and Ronald Reagan will be side by side forever, here in the East as they are already in California,” Mr. Norquist tells Inside the Beltway.
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