432 In 1998 the US Navy Memorial Foundation awarded Reagan its Naval Heritage

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In 1998 the U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation awarded Reagan its Naval Heritage award for his support of the U.S. Navy and military in both his film career and while he served as president. [433] Congress authorized the creation of the Ronald Reagan Boyhood Home in Dixon, Illinois in 2002, pending federal purchase of the property. [434] On May 16 of that year, Nancy Reagan accepted the Congressional Gold Medal , the highest civilian honor bestowed by Congress, on behalf of the president and herself. [435] After Reagan's death, the United States Postal Service issued a President Ronald Reagan commemorative postage stamp in 2005. [436] Later in the year, CNN , along with the editors of Time magazine, named him the "most fascinating person" of the network's first 25 years; [437] Time listed Reagan one of the 100 Most Important People of the 20th century as well. [438] The Discovery Channel asked its viewers to vote for The Greatest American in June 2005; Reagan placed in first place, ahead of Lincoln and Martin Luther King Jr. [439] In 2006, Reagan was inducted into the California Hall of Fame , located at The California Museum . [440] Every year from 2002, California governors Gray Davis and Arnold Schwarzenegger proclaimed February 6 "Ronald Reagan Day" in the state of California in honor of their most famous predecessor. [441] In 2010, Schwarzenegger signed Senate Bill 944, authored by Senator George Runner , to make every February 6 Ronald Reagan Day in California. [442] In 2007, Polish President Lech Kaczyński posthumously conferred on Reagan the highest Polish distinction, the Order of the White Eagle , saying that Reagan had inspired the Polish people to work for change and helped to unseat the repressive communist regime; Kaczyński said it "would not have been possible if it was not for the tough-mindedness, determination, and feeling of mission of President Ronald Reagan." [443] Reagan backed the nation of Poland throughout his presidency, supporting the anti-communist Solidarity movement, along with Pope John Paul II ; [444] the Ronald Reagan Park , a public facility in Gdańsk , was named in his honor. On June 3, 2009, Nancy Reagan unveiled a statue of her late husband in the United States Capitol rotunda . The statue represents the state of California in the National Statuary Hall Collection . After Reagan's death, both major American political parties agreed to erect a statue of Reagan in the place of that of Thomas Starr King . [445] The day before, President Obama signed the Ronald Reagan Centennial Commission Act into law, establishing a commission to plan activities to mark the upcoming centenary of Reagan's birth. [446] Independence Day 2011 saw the unveiling of another statue to Reagan—this time in the British capital of London, outside the U.S. embassy in Grosvenor Square . The unveiling was supposed to be attended by Reagan's wife Nancy, but she did not attend; former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice took her place and read a statement on her behalf; further to the former First Lady's absence, President Reagan's friend and British prime minister during his presidency, Baroness Thatcher
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