June Commemorations


In 2024 at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute, we are preparing for two exciting anniversaries to advance the legacy and principles of President Reagan.  As luck would have it, they take place one day after the other this coming June. 

On June 5, 2024, we will be commemorating the 20th anniversary of the passing of President Reagan.  We feel it is important to gather, reflect on our 40th President’s impact, and then look forward to what our future holds.  On June 6, 2024, the country and the world will commemorate the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy, an occasion marked brilliantly by President Reagan 40 years ago on that day in 1984 when he delivered one of his most famous speeches highlighting the selfless and heroic actions of the “boys of Pointe du Hoc.”

Washington DC

Twenty years ago, the world lost a great leader. On June 5, 2024, we will gather to reflect on our 40th President’s impact, on both domestic and foreign policy. Panelists will assess his presidency’s influence over the past twenty years and how it will continue to shape America and the world.

3:30 PM – 3:55 PM  LIVE MUSIC
40th Infantry Division Band, California Army National Guard
4:00 PM – 4:30 PM 
HONORING THE LIFE AND IMPACT OF RONALD REAGAN
Welcome: Mr. David Trulio, President and CEO, Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute
Bagpiper: Pipe Major Bill Boetticher
Introduction: Mr. Frederick J. Ryan, Jr., Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute
Color Guard: Naval Base Ventura County Honor Guard
National Anthem: Voices of Service
Invocation: Rev. Dr. Drew Sams, Senior Pastor, Bel Air Presbyterian Church
Reading: Dr. Jamel Wright, President of Eureka College
Wreath Laying Ceremony: Family of President Ronald Reagan
Three Volley Salute: Naval Base Ventura County Honor Guard
TAPS: Trumpeter, 40th Infantry Division Band, California Army National Guard
4:30 PM – 5:35 PM LEADERSHIP AT HOME: MORNING IN AMERICA
Introduction: Mr. Andrew Littlefair, Member of the Board of Trustees, Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute
Panelists:
  • Hon. Andrew H. Card, Jr., Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of Intergovernmental Affairs under President Reagan
  • Dr. Arthur B. Laffer, Former Member of President Reagan’s Economic Policy Advisory Board
  • Mr. Stephen Moore, Former Director of President Reagan’s Privatization Commission
5:35 PM – 5:55 PM BREAK
5:55 PM – 7:00 PM LEADERSHIP ABROAD: PEACE THROUGH STRENGTH
Introduction: Mr. Michael Castine, Member of the Board of Trustees, Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute
Panelists:
  • Hon. Ken Adelman, Former Director of President Reagan’s Arms Control and Disarmament Agency
  • Amb. Paula J. Dobriansky, PhD., President Reagan's National Security Council Director of European and Soviet Affairs
  • Ms. K.T. McFarland, Former Deputy National Security Advisor under President Trump
  • Dr. William Inboden, Professor and Director, Alexander Hamilton Center for Classical and Civic Education, University of Florida
  • Moderator: Mr. Guy Benson, Political Editor of Townhall.com, host of ‘Guy Benson Show’ on Fox News Radio

7:15 PM – 8:15 PM DINNER
Welcome Remarks: Mr. David Trulio, President and CEO, Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute
8:15 PM – 9:15 PM FIRESIDE CHAT
Ms. Carol Thatcher and Mr. Ben Mulroney
Moderator: Hon. Peggy Noonan, Member of the Board of Trustees, Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute
9:15 PM – 9:20 PM  MUSICAL PERFORMANCE
Voices of Service
9:20 PM CLOSING REMARKS

3:30 p.m.
Program Begins
Live Music/Wreath Laying
Panel 1: Leadership at Home: Morning in America
Panel 2: Leadership Abroad: Peace Through Strength

7:15 p.m.

  • Presentation of Audio Recording of Ronald Reagan’s 1952 Commencement Address, "America The Beautiful," from William Woods University (Fulton, Missouri)
  • Dinner and keynote address

Live Music by Voices of Service 

Panelists include:

  • Ken Adelman, President Reagan's Arms Director, and author of "Reagan at Reykjavik." 
  • Dr. Art Laffer, Member of President Reagan’s Economic Policy Advisory Board
  • KT McFarland, former U.S. Deputy National Security Advisor
  • Stephen Moore, Reagan Administration Office of Management and Budget
  • William Inboden, author of “The Peacemaker: Ronald Reagan, the Cold War, and the World on the Brink”
  • Paula Dobriansky, Director of European and Soviet Affairs at the National Security Council under Ronald Reagan
  • Guy Benson, Fox News
  • Keynote Fireside Chat with Carol Thatcher, daughter of Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, and Ben Mulroney, son of Prime Minister Brian Mulroney.
Normandie


Commemorating the 80th Anniversary of D-Day

Eighty years ago, the tides of WWII changed through Operation Overlord and the landings on D-Day. President Reagan brilliantly marked that day in 1984 when he delivered one of his most famous speeches highlighting the selfless and heroic actions of the “boys of Pointe du Hoc.” Panelists will provide a historical look at our world 80 years ago, and address the implications of President Reagan’s peace through strength policies on today’s world.

9:30 AM
– 9:55 AM 
LIVE MUSIC
40th Infantry Division Band, California Army National Guard
9:55 AM
– 10:00 AM 
FLYOVER
The Condor Squadron of Van Nuys
10:00 AM – 10:25 AM  CEREMONY BEGINS
Welcome: Mr. David Trulio, President and CEO, Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute
Introduction: Mr. Frederick J. Ryan, Jr., Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute
Color Guard: Naval Base Ventura County Honor Guard
National Anthem: Voices of Service
Invocation: Commander Song Hwang, Command Chaplain, Naval Base Ventura County
Wreath Laying Ceremony: WWII Veterans and Family members of PFC Peter Robert Zanatta
Three Volley Salute: Naval Base Ventura County Honor Guard
TAPS: Trumpeter, 40th Infantry Division Band, California Army National Guard
10:30 AM – 11:30 AM  LOOKING BACK: D-DAY AND PRESIDENT REAGAN’S 1984 SPEECH
Introduction: Mr. Ben C. Sutton, Jr., Treasurer of the Board of Trustees, Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute
Panelists:
• Ms. Lisa Zanatta Henn, Daughter of Private First Class Peter Robert Zanatta
• Hon. James Kuhn, Assistant to the President, Reagan White House
• Mr. Cameron Toor, 75th Ranger Regiment, U.S. Army (Retired)
Moderator: Mr. Douglas Brinkley, U.S. Presidential Historian, Best Selling Author
11:30 AM – 11:40 AM BREAK
11:45 AM – 12:45 PM LOOKING FORWARD: IMPLICATIONS OF PRESIDENT REAGAN’S PEACE THROUGH STRENGTH POLICIES TODAY
Introduction: Hon. Theodore B. Olson, Board of Trustees, Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute
Panelists:
• Amb. Richard Burt, Former Director of the Bureau of Politico-Military Affairs, Former Assistant Secretary of State for Europe
• Dr. Matthew Kroenig, Vice President and Senior Director, Atlantic Council’s Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security and the
Council’s Director of Studies
• Amb. Frank Lavin, Former Member of of President Reagan’s National Security Council
Moderator: Ms. Kate Bachelder Odell, Member, Editorial Board, Wall Street Journal
1:00 PM
– 2:00 PM
LUNCH
Welcome Remarks: Mr. David Trulio, President and CEO, Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute

2:00 PM
– 3:00 PM
FIRESIDE CHAT
The Honorable Condoleezza Rice
Moderator: Mr. Frederick J. Ryan, Jr., Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute
3:05 PM
– 3:30 PM
MUSICAL PERFORMANCE
Voices of Service