Sunday, June 18, 2000


On Fathers' Day in the Millennium Year a.d. 2000 during the GW Tour All Across America, GW Lives! as the "father of His country" visited the birthplace of President Ronald Reagan, in Tampico, Illinois.

The collage of images relates to the many times GW Lives! and JRM have sought to honor Reagan, the "Man of the Century", the most important man in the world in the past 100 years, for under his leadership, the national malaise described by Carter was reversed and American's love of country was restored; the economic decline was reversed; and the "Evil Empire" of the godless Soviet Union was overwhelmed so that it collapsed shortly after Reagan passed the torch to his Vice President, George H.W. Bush.

On the Bicentennial of this Constitution, 17 September a.d. 1976, the "Aide to GW", then LCDR James Renwick Manship, USNR, sent the framed photograph of the "Sun Rising Over the American Capitol" seen in the pictures above on which was inscribed some words by Carl Sandburg shared by President Reagan in his a.d. 1984 State of the Union Address that were especially fitting:
"I see America,
in the Crimson Light of a Rising Sun,
fresh from the burning, creative hand of God.
I see great days ahead,
for men and women
of Will and Vision."

In addition, LCDR Manship dedicated a prose poem he wrote to President Reagan:

"A single drop of water,
Fallen from the Heavens,
Followed by countless millions,
Does a Grand Canyon make."

A single leader, with purpose,
Following from the Heavens,
Followed by countless millions,
Does a Great Country make."

You, sir, have been such a "single leader".