NEWPORT BEACH — The weekend unveiling of a statue of Ronald Reagan drew throngs of admirers and a couple of sign-wielding protesters.
Members of Congress, the state Legislature and City Council attended the Newport Beach Ronald Reagan Centennial Memorial dedication ceremony Sunday at Bonita Canyon Sports Park.
“In dedicating this memorial, we, the people of Newport Beach, add our names to the millions around the world who are grateful to President Reagan for his banishment of international communism to the ash heap of history — a tired and twisted dogma unable to keep in chains, people yearning to breathe free,” said Councilman Keith Curry, who spearheaded the memorial effort.
Curry also worked for Reagan during his time as California’s governor.
More than $60,000 was raised after the City Council authorized the collection of funds earlier this year to mark the 100th anniversary of the late president’s birth in February 1911.