Located in Simi Valley, California, the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation is home to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, the Center for Public Affairs, the Presidential Learning Center, and the Air Force One Pavilion. Within the foundation, visitors can see artifacts and gifts, while learning about the 40th President of the United States and his First Lady.
One of my favorite parts is the Library and Museum. Exhibits, including the Oval Office, Governor of California, and the Berlin Wall, depict the life and times of the former President. Some of Reagan’s speeches and pictures are also on display.
Another one of my favorites is the Air Force One Pavilion. I have also loved aviation and airplanes, so getting to walk onto a former Air Force One, you can say I was in my glory. Here, visitors can visit the actual airplane that flew Reagan and all of the presidents from 1973 to 2001. This Air Force One flew President Reagan to 46 United States and 26 foreign countries. In regards to the plane, President Reagan once said ” And as we liftoff aboard Air Force One…the winds of freedom will be propelling my mission… As I fly westward over our majestic land, I go knowing that we´re witnessing an awakening to those self–evident truths to which our forefathers pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor.”
All of the Presidential Foundations are fascinating to visit. Trust me, though, you don’t want to miss a visit to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation. This is where history comes alive and there are so many fun and interesting facts to learn!
“As I’ve said before, time is short and life is precious.” -Nancy Reagan
To President Ronald and First Lady Nancy Reagan- you both are greatly missed and remembered.
For more information, visit: http://www.reaganfoundation.org/nancy-memorial.aspx