Washington D.C. – Today, Congressman Jody Hice (GA-10) introduced H.R. 5457 to designate Gravelly Point Park along the George Washington Parkway in Arlington County, Virginia, as the Nancy Reagan Memorial Park. Gravelly Point Park is located adjacent to the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, which was renamed in honor of former President Reagan on his 87th Birthday in 1998. Congressman Hice released the following statement after the bill was introduced:
“Beside every great leader, there is a great partner, and for President Reagan, that was Nancy Reagan. With her passing in March, our Nation continues to grieve the loss of one of our most beloved treasures. Like her husband, Mrs. Reagan invested in people and worked diligently to strengthen our communities and advance the American dream for our citizens.
She championed veterans, especially our heroes who were returning home after wartime, and spearheaded the “Just Say No” campaign to combat the use of recreational drugs among youth. Mrs. Reagan was the embodiment of grace, elegance, and tenacity and put duty, honor, and country above all. That is why I introduced H.R. 5457 to honor her life and legacy. If enacted, this bill would designate Gravelly Point Park located along the George Washington Memorial Parkway in Arlington County, Virginia, as the Nancy Reagan Memorial Park.
Gravelly Point Park is a popular place for families to picnic, bike, or simply watch planes while enjoying the DC landscape in the background. Given its proximity to the airport named for her husband, renaming Gravelly Point Park as the Nancy Reagan Memorial Park would be an apt tribute to the remarkable First Lady so revered by our Nation.
Mrs. Reagan touched the heart of our country with her character, her service, her devotion to her husband, and her unyielding love for our republic. Together, the Reagans changed the course of our Nation, and the wider world, and their legacy will inspire Americans for generations.”