September 20th, 2010
12:26 PM ET
8 years ago

Sailors honor Reagan


 Celebrating late President Ronald Reagan's 100th birthday, U.S. Navy sailors mark the occasion on the deck of the aircraft carrier named in his honor. (PHOTO CREDIT: U.S. Navy/ Dylan McCord)

Washington (CNN) - Sailors serving aboard the USS Ronald Reagan paid tribute to the nation's 40th president last week by forming together on the deck of the aircraft carrier to spell out his initials and the number 100 to signify the upcoming anniversary of the late president's centennial birthday.

Reagan, who was born on Feb. 6, 1911, was first elected president in 1980 and again for a second term in 1984. He died on June 5, 2004 at the age of 93. The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation & Library plans a year long celebration to honor the 40th president on his 100th birthday.

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soundoff (39 Responses)
  1. jim

    One of this nation's greatest presidents.!!!!

    September 20, 2010 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  2. Andrew

    I wonder how many of the sailors volunteered to do this and how many just followed orders.

    September 20, 2010 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    I wish his economic policies would have died with him.

    September 20, 2010 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  4. Randolph Carter, I'm no expert, but...

    Ronny Rayguns can rot in hell. He's the one who started all the trickledown, deregulatory nonsense that got us where we are today. Thanks for destroying the middle class, idiot. Have a nice day!

    P.S. Ayn Rand was a sociopath

    September 20, 2010 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  5. blue

    Check his record, and you would vote for him to be the greatest.

    September 20, 2010 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  6. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    I agree that the late President Reagan was an honorable man, but isn't this year long celebration a cost to tax payers.

    September 20, 2010 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  7. jeff, alabama

    When Reagan was President our foreign enemies
    whispered when talking about America.
    Now they openly spit at us.

    September 20, 2010 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  8. BeanerECMO

    Just a tad early, but congrats anyway.

    September 20, 2010 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  9. nick

    Correction: One of this nation's WORST presidents. All, i repeat, ALL, the current ills of this ation began with that moron and BS'er.

    September 20, 2010 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  10. Clyde

    Reagan was a horrible human being.

    September 20, 2010 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  11. montag

    One of the country's worst presidents. Reagan did irreparable harm to our economy and the American middle-class.

    Reaganomics was the biggest con ever foisted on the American public and we're still paying the price.

    September 20, 2010 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  12. Bill in Florida

    I can't wait until we have an aircraft carrier called the U.S.S. Obama.

    September 20, 2010 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  13. Lori in St Pete

    My husband received orders to the USS Raygun. He dropped his retirement paperwork the next day – full retirement, no fleet reserves -and has never looked back.

    September 20, 2010 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  14. EddieInRI

    I wouldn't go that far. But it is a kind and honorable action by a group of sailors who do an outstanding job of protecting our freedoms.

    September 20, 2010 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  15. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Ronald Reagan – the president who brought crack to the inner cities. I remember the 80's when crack became an epidemic.

    Ronald Reagan – the president who negotiated with terrorists.

    Ronald Reagan – the president who cut and ran out of Lebanon.

    September 20, 2010 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  16. Alex

    Why would you want to honor a president who really started the whole "consumer" culture and deregulation that has now virtually ruined our middle-class? Everything Reagan did was for big corporations to make more money, not for the middle class. Remember Reaganomics? That was the beginning of the end for the middle-class.

    One of this nation's worst presidents!!!!

    His argument that big government was bad for America was idiotic and created a culture that is now ruining our democracy. Only to a greedy Republican who wants to keep the elite rich rich and keep the poor poor would government be bad.

    Government = people's voice. Smaller government = smaller voice.

    But that's really what the GOP and big corporations want, isn't it? For us all to just shut up and take it.

    Figures that teabaggers love this guy...

    September 20, 2010 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  17. stufit

    Unfortunately, his 100th will occur during the "reign" of the most corrupt, incomepetent, inept president we have ever had. What a difference a couple of decades can make.

    September 20, 2010 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  18. Dean

    It's disheartening to see how we've gone from Reagan to Obama within just a few administrations.

    Attention all Republican!

    September 20, 2010 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  19. BryanWolf

    Ya, he knew how to get things done like "Iran Contra" arms trade.

    September 20, 2010 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  20. The Tea Party is another Koch Brothers Product

    The biggest fraud to ever head our country.

    September 20, 2010 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  21. Imiss Ronald

    We miss you Ronald Reagan. What happened to the conservatives? Please send us a new you!....

    September 20, 2010 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  22. ChumBucket

    Now there was a President! Not like this jellyfish we have now.

    September 20, 2010 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  23. seebofubar

    Hear-hear Jim.

    September 20, 2010 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  24. GI Joe

    Nancy and her astrogolers wrote the script, he just memorized and repeated it. Amnesty KING.

    September 20, 2010 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  25. Anita in Arizona

    Yes, we owe him a great bit of thanks for his Reaganomics. Thanks a lot.

    September 20, 2010 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
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