America’s Independence Day saw the unveiling of a statue of former US President Ronald Reagan in central London. The statue stands outside the American Embassy. Guests were invited to the ceremony including Baroness Margaret Thatcher but the former Prime Minister was unable to attend because of ill health. Lady Thatcher famously described Mr Reagan as “the second most important man” in her life
The 10-foot bronze statue was specially commissioned to “recognise Mr Reagan’s contribution to ending the Cold War”.
Mr Reagan left the White House in January 1989, shortly before the collapse of communism.
Former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice also spoke at the unveiling, and said the collapse of the Soviet Union should give encouragement to those seeking greater freedom today in the Middle East and north Africa.
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