Many Americans will take some time this Super Bowl weekend to mark what would have been the 100th birthday of the 40th President, Ronald Reagan. At least two southwest Floridians believe that Mr. Reagan's legacy will live for a long time, and they believe he is fully worthy of honors on the centennial of his birth.
"I think he will go down as one of our greatest Presidents," said Jim Parker, who guarded Mr. Reagan during eight years in the White House. The former Secret Service agent tells WINK News: "He was a very compassionate guy. He exuded confidence and made everyone around him feel secure. He was the great communicator, as people called him. Truly a remarkable and great man."
Marcia Herrera of Collier County agrees. She may be one of Reagan's biggest fans. She has compiled huge scrapbooks of Reagan pictures and other items, and has visited his presidential library in California. "I admire him because he represented freedom - for individuals and nations. He stood up to Soviet, communist expansion, and he subdued the Soviets without firing a shot!"
Herrera also believes that Mr. Reagan will find an honored place in history. "He was a great leader; he inspired and communicated his vision. People followed. That is how leadership is supposed to work," said Herrera.
Reagan died in 2004. He would have turned 100 years old, on Sunday, Feb. 6.