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ACR-94 First Lady Nancy Davis Reagan. (2021-2022)

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Assembly Concurrent Resolution No. 94
CHAPTER 116

Relative to First Lady Nancy Davis Reagan.

[ Filed with Secretary of State  September 07, 2021. ]

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


ACR 94, Valladares. First Lady Nancy Davis Reagan.
This measure would honor the life and legacy of Nancy Davis Reagan, recognize the centennial of her birth on July 6, 2021, and the year-long celebration culminating on July 6, 2022, and commend her for a life dedicated to the service of our nation.
Fiscal Committee: NO  

WHEREAS, Nancy Davis Reagan was born on July 6, 1921, in New York City, New York; and
WHEREAS, Mrs. Reagan served as First Lady of California for eight years from 1967 to 1975; and
WHEREAS, Mrs. Reagan served as First Lady of the United States for eight years from 1981 to 1989; and
WHEREAS, President George W. Bush awarded Mrs. Reagan the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, on July 9, 2002, for her contributions to the arts and her contributions to America; and
WHEREAS, President Bill Clinton awarded Mrs. Reagan and President Ronald Reagan the Congressional Gold Medal, signed into law on July 27, 2000, in recognition of their service to the nation. On May 16, 2002, Mrs. Reagan accepted both medals in the Rotunda of the United States Capitol; and
WHEREAS, Mrs. Reagan dedicated her time and efforts to raise awareness of the plight of prisoner of war (POW) and missing in action (MIA) soldiers of the Vietnam War; and
WHEREAS, Mrs. Reagan worked on behalf of the Foster Grandparent Program while she was First Lady of California and helped grow the program nationally as First Lady of the United States; and
WHEREAS, Mrs. Reagan focused considerable efforts to raise the awareness of drug and alcohol abuse among our youth across the United States and abroad, including her “Just Say No” clubs that were active in thousands of schools across the country; and
WHEREAS, Mrs. Reagan traveled nearly 250,000 miles across the United States and to foreign countries to bring the message of fighting drug abuse to millions of youth; and
WHEREAS, In 1988, in recognition of her efforts to combat drug abuse, Mrs. Reagan was the first sitting First Lady of the United States asked to address the United Nations General Assembly; and
WHEREAS, Mrs. Reagan used her personal influence and diplomatic skills in support of America’s 40th President to help bring an end to the Cold War; and
WHEREAS, Mrs. Reagan was an actress, former board member of the Screen Actors Guild, and lifelong advocate of the diversity of arts and artists, promoting them widely during her eight years as First Lady of the United States; and
WHEREAS, Mrs. Reagan embraced her diplomatic responsibilities by hosting almost 80 White House state dinners, as well as hundreds of other special events, to facilitate her husband’s preference for face-to-face diplomacy; and
WHEREAS, Mrs. Reagan, in the later years of her life, took on new advocacy roles for Alzheimer’s disease research, Alzheimer’s disease caregiving, and breast cancer awareness; and
WHEREAS, Mrs. Reagan was a devoted wife, mother, and stepmother to four children; and
WHEREAS, Mrs. Reagan represented our state and nation with dignity, kindness, and compassion as First Lady of California and First Lady of the United States; now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the Assembly of the State of California, the Senate thereof concurring, That the Legislature honors the life and legacy of Nancy Davis Reagan, and recognizes the centennial of her birth on July 6, 2021, and the year-long celebration culminating on July 6, 2022; and be it further
Resolved, That the Legislature commends Nancy Davis Reagan for a life dedicated to the service of our nation; and be it further
Resolved, That the Chief Clerk of the Assembly transmit copies of this resolution to the author for appropriate distribution.