Secretary of Library Alexander Acosta will induct former President Ronald Reagan into the Department of Labor’s Hall of Honor Thursday.
Reagan was nominated for the award by the Sergeants Benevolent Association (SBA), an organization of 13,000 active and retired sergeants of the New York City Police Department. The Hall of Honor was established in 1988 to recognize Americans that have made significant contributions to working conditions, wages and the overall quality of life.
“As President of the Screen Actors Guild, Ronald Reagan remains the only President of the United States to have led a major union. As President of the United States, he returned a sense of economic optimism to our nation that resulted in the creation of millions of jobs for the American people,” the Labor Department said in a statement. “Additionally, President Reagan’s support for Solidarity in Poland prompted a flourishing of freedom that ultimately led to the collapse of communism.”
Reagan will join the hall alongside past inductees such as former Democratic Sen. Edward “Ted” Kennedy and the emergency personnel that responded during the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attack on New York City.
The SBA did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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