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Reagan Centennial Celebration (6 February 1911-2011)

posted Feb 6, 2011, 8:59 PM by Lt Col CAP NJWG/GRA KING, ZACHARY Z
Today, the 100th Anniversary of Ronald Reagan's birthday was celebrated, honoring the life of our late former president.

Wreath Laying Ceremony To Honor Reagan's 100th Birthday

 Kelly Heffernan-Tabor,

"Simi Valley, CA -- Former President Ronald Reagan is being honored Sunday at his Presidential Foundation and Library in Yorba Linda, California as the nation celebrates what would have been his 100th birthday.

The centennial program included a 21-gun salute, an F-18 flyover, keynote remarks by Reagan Treasury Secretary and Chief of Staff James Baker and the official laying of the presidential wreath on Reagan's memorial site.

Reagan's widow, former First Lady Nancy Reagan also attended the ceremony honoring her husband of 51 years.

The ceremony opened with singers Michael W. Smith and Amy Grant performing. Former Senator John Danforth, a minister, provided a prayer that described Reagan as a man full of warmth and humor and absent pettiness or meanness, and an example as someone who lit the life given to him "on a lamp stand shining not on himself but on America and into the world."

Reagan, who was born on February 6, 1911 in Tampico, Illinois, was a famous Hollywood "B" movie actor before entering politics. He became governor of California in 1967 until 1975.

Reagan then became president in 1981. He served two terms before leaving office in 1989.

The former president passed away in 2004."

Click below to view CNN's Video Montage:  "Ronald Reagan: In his own words":