On the November the 21st, 2011, thanks to the efforts undertaken by Foundation, a statue of Ronald Reagan was unveiled in Warsaw, Poland. The monument, which was funded with private donations only, stands at Aleje Ujazdowskie st., opposite the Embassy of The United States of America.
The statue was unveiled by Lech Wałęsa – the legendary Solidarity leader and former president of Poland. – “As the 20th century was drawing to an end something unbelievable happened. Global changes seemed unlikely at that time. Yet, we succeeded” – said Lech Wałęsa in his address at the ceremony of unveiling the statue. . – “I wonder if present Poland, Europe and the world would be the same as they are now, if it had not been for Ronald Reagan. And as someone who took part in those events, I must admit that it is unimaginable” – he added.
Dozens of distinguished guests were present at the ceremony, including: former First Lady Danuta Wałęsa, Deputy Prime Minister Waldemar Pawlak, Lady Mayor of Warsaw Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz, US Ambassador Lee Feinstein, Minister Jacek Michałowski, former Prime Minister Tadeusz Mazowiecki, former Foreign Ministers prof. Władysław Bartoszewski and prof. Dariusz Rosati, Ryszard Kalisz and Andrzej Halicki. The event was also attended by the US Congress delegation and representatives of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation ffrom Simi Valley. During the ceremony letters from both the US and Polish Presidents were read.
– “Ronald Reagan had a gift to inspire hope in people facing difficult circumstances. He had installed sense of optimism in America in the period of economic and global challenges and he did the same to the Polish people with his support for the Solidarity movement” – wrote Barack Obama.
The Polish President Bronisław Komorowski underlined in his letter that Ronald Reagan was a staunch supporter of the Solidarity movement. – “I am truly glad that the Polish capital has now a place that commemorates the individual symbolizing the American contribution to the Polish freedom movement. The contribution we shall never forget” – wrote Bronisław Komorowski.
– “We are fortunate that these two great men – Lech Wałęsa and Ronald Reagan – shared the world stage and changed history” – said the US Ambassador Lee Feinstein. He also added: – “On a day like today we put aside our differences because we know that devotion to democracy and dedication to freedom knows no party and knows no borders”.