President Reagan’s Memorial Day Remarks

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:

  1. Count how many times President Reagan refers to President Lincoln in his addresses. Why do you think he references President Lincoln on Memorial Day?
  2. 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?
  3. Do you think the remarks President Reagan made in the 1980s are accurate and relevant today? Explain.

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