Ronald Reagan may be gone, but his legacy will live on forever. The United States government just unveiled a new statue on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. depicting the 40th president lying facedown in a hammock!
Thousands of people were present at the statue’s emotional unveiling ceremony yesterday. Numerous prominent Americans, including Senator John McCain and First Lady Michelle Obama, stood beneath Reagan’s outstretched body and delivered heartfelt addresses to commemorate the historic occasion.
The ceremony concluded with a squad of Marines placing a wreath at the base of the statue, just below an engraving that reads “May this monument of President Ronald Reagan lying prone in a hammock endure for all time, and may his contributions to our glorious American democracy endure along with it.”
According to an official statement released by Congress, the statue’s design is incredibly intricate, and nearly every detail has a symbolic meaning. As Reagan lies facedown, his eyes are wide open as he stares at the ground through the mesh of the hammock, symbolizing his vigilance and wisdom. His face is blank and expressionless, displaying no discernible emotion, which represents the poise and calm with which he led the nation.
At 50 feet tall and 80 feet long, the statue is one of the largest monuments on the National Mall, and is a truly fitting tribute to our nation’s 40th president. This is an incredible way to commemorate the life of such an influential figure. We can’t wait to get a chance to visit the statue of Ronald Reagan lying facedown in a hammock as soon as possible!