It is customary for American Presidents to provide remarks on Memorial Day.
Watch the videos below showing three speeches and one radio address and answer the following questions:
- Count how many times President Reagan refers to President Lincoln in his addresses. Why do you think he references President Lincoln on Memorial Day?
- President Reagan made the following remarks, “Peace is a fragile thing that needs vigilance.” “If we really care about peace we must stay strong.” What do you think President Reagan meant? Do you think he had a particular nation in mind when he made these remarks in the 1980s? If so, which nation?
- Do you think the remarks President Reagan made in the 1980s are accurate and relevant today? Explain.