National Day of Mourning in Honor of Ronald Reagan

July 11, 2004

This week the nation mourns one of its most popular and charismatic presidents, Ronald Reagan, who died last Saturday after a heroic ten-year battle with Alzheimer's. On Friday, June 11, Columbia University will observe a "National Day of Mourning." The Columbia flag will remain at half-staff and St. Paul's Chapel will be open to those who wish to pray or reflect during the day.

I would like to extend my deepest sympathy to Mrs. Reagan and other members of President Reagan's family, whose unflagging care and concern for his well-being, especially during the last decade of his life, remain a model for the rest of us. Please know that we share your sadness during this time of personal and national loss.

President Reagan's ability to communicate effectively with millions of Americans, his undying optimism and unwavering belief in the principles upon which our nation was founded, are among his greatest legacies. Please join the community on Friday in remembering him.

--Lee C. Bollinger