30 years ago Ronald Reagan was elected president. 20 Years ago the Berlin wall fell. 10 years ago Reagan’s influence was still being felt with the election of George W. Bush. Today we honor his legacy with the Reagan Peace Prize. Currently there is no internationally celebrated means to recognize those who fight for peace. It is our belief that peace is achieved through both diplomacy and conflict. Peace can be achieved through the operation of a plowshare, but it can also be achieved by beating those plowshares into swords so long as the means and end are just. With this in mind the Reagan Peace prize is born.
The first awards will be given in the fall of 2011. It is the goal of the Peace Prize Committee to recognize achievements in physics-astronomy, chemistry, physiology-medicine, economics, literature and peace. The Reagan Prize is an international award administered by the Reagan Prize Foundation in the United Sates. Each prize will consists of a medal, personal diploma, and a cash award. Because we are at the beginning of the creation of this prize the awards are likely to be phased in beginning with the Peace prize in 2011. Nominations for the prize in the fall of 2010 will be considered only for those whose actions have resulted in a lasting peace.
Reagan left us all a legacy. A sense that we were part of something greater than ourselves. America has been a model to the world of how to use strength to accomplish nobel goals. In his farewell address, he explained: "I've spoken of the shining city all my political life, but I don't know if I ever quite communicated what I saw when I said it. But in my mind it was a tall, proud city built on rocks stronger than oceans, wind-swept, God-blessed, and teeming with people of all kinds living in harmony and peace; a city with free ports that hummed with commerce and creativity. And if there had to be city walls, the walls had doors, and the doors were open to anyone with the will and the heart to get here."
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