Ronald Reagan Statue Unveiled in Capitol Rotunda

By Nitya

Jun 3, 2009 1:37pm

ABC News’ Dean Norland reports:  A bronze statue of the former President Ronald Reagan was unveiled during a ceremony in the rotunda of the U.S. Capitol Wednesday.

It was the rotunda where the body of the 40th president had lain in state following his death in 2004.

At the unveiling ceremony, widow Nancy Reagan said it was nice to be back in the rotunda, this time under happier circumstances.

“The statue is a wonderful likeness of Ronnie and he would be so proud,” Mrs. Reagan told the audience.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., one of the bipartisan House and Senate leaders participating in the program, said that the statue contained chunks of the Berlin Wall.    

In was during a speech at the Brandenburg Gate on June 12, 1987, that  then-President Reagan issued a challenge to Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev to “tear down this wall.”

As the shroud was being removed, Mrs. Reagan appeared to lean forward and touch the statue.

When she was being escorted from the rotunda following the ceremony, Nancy Reagan turned around, smiled and waved to the applause of those who had gathered to honor both Reagans.

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