Simi Valley hosts the Presidential Library of Ronald Reagan. As we walked up to the front door from the parking lot we met an amazing man who would become our
our personal docent for the day…and a Floridian to boot! RW was making his inaugural visit to visit two special features of the Reagan Library….President Reagan’s final resting place and Air Force One
As a young Air Force security officer RW was assigned to Air Force One during President Reagan’s term as one of a contingent of Air Force personnel who’s job it was to protect Air Force One during the greatest number of world-wide travel miles of any President until that time. It was obvious…and we could feel the love RW had both for the President and this aircraft. We learned a lot from him and will be forever grateful for having spent time with him.
Even more amazing is that RW had recently retired, sold his home and was traveling the country in his own RV.
The Regan Library reminded us of what a remarkable man Reagan was before, during and after his Presidency.
It was sobering to us to remember that the Reagan presidency will began almost 40 years ago! Equally sobering for us was to consider the following:
No one wants war! Yet we believe that those who can’t defend themselves are likely to become victims and being prepared can never be taken for granted.
As with other libraries we’re reminded how important it is to understand Presidencies in the context of their time.
This was a wonderful experience.