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Anaheim Park To Be Renamed For Ronald Reagan Friday

A park in Anaheim will be renamed in honor of Ronald Reagan Friday.

Reagan’s son, Michael, will speak at the ceremony, which is set to begin at 10 a.m. at what was known as Toyon Park at 945 S. Weir Canyon Road.

Talk show host Hugh Hewitt, who served nearly six years in the Reagan administration in various posts, including assistant White House counsel, will be the master of ceremonies.

“We’re honored to dedicate one of Anaheim’s most visited parks in recognition of Ronald Reagan,’ Mayor Tom Tait said. “President Reagan’s love of liberty and belief in America made our nation a better place. I’m proud that the legacy of this great American will be long cherished and remembered in Anaheim for years to come.’

The dedication of Ronald Reagan Park is the first of two events in four days in Anaheim to mark the centennial of Reagan’s birth.

The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim will mark the centennial before Monday’s game against the Detroit Tigers at Angel Stadium.

Reagan had several ties to Anaheim. He co-hosted ABC’s live broadcast of the opening day of Disneyland on July 17, 1955, announced the first inning of the 1989 Major League Baseball All-Star Game at Angel Stadium, attended Republican fundraising dinners at the Anaheim Convention Center in 1969 and 1970, and visited Loara High School in 1970 while running for re-election as governor of California.

As a prospective candidate for governor in 1965, Reagan made his first appearance before an audience at a home on Dwyer Drive in Anaheim.

Copyright © 2011 City News Service

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