The 20th Anniversary of President Reagan's Address to the Nation
Recorded on March 21, 2003
March 23, 2003 marks the 20th Anniversary of President Reagan's
decision to begin the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI).
Understanding the government's fundamental obligation to protect
America and her citizens, President Reagan outlined a missile
defense plan to meet a need that extended beyond Cold War
circumstances. Given the anniversary, now is the appropriate time
to take stock and recognize how far we have come since President
Reagan's speech. Last year President Bush officially withdrew the
United States from the 1972 Anti Ballistic Missile Treaty and
directed that missile defense systems become operational. Much of
the work to achieve this end can be attributed to President
Reagan's vision and his courage to proceed with SDI. We cordially
invite you to join us at the Heritage Foundation to commemorate
this momentous speech.