A roundabout in the Sławinek residential district of Lublin, eastern Poland, has been named after former US president Ronald Reagan.
The idea of honouring the late statesman, seven years after his death, came from city councilor Marcin Nowak of the conservative Law and Justice party and the KoLiber Association of young Polish conservative professionals.
According to Nowak, Ronald Reagan was one of the greatest personalities in the history of the 20th century, whose servives for the overthrow of the communist system cannot be overestimated.
Reagan's two terms of office, from 1981 to 1989, coincided with the crumbling of the Soviet empire, the Solidarity revolution in Poland and the imposition of martial law. In 1981, several months after the formation of Solidarity, the Reagan administration warned Moscow and the Warsaw regime against anti-Solidarity actions. After the imposition of martial law in December 1981, President Reagan supported the Polish cause.
In a special address he said: "Poland is not East or West. Poland is at the centre of European civilization. It has contributed mightily to this civilization. It is doing so today by being magnificently unreconciled to oppression."
In addition to this Reagan roundabout in Lublin, there are Rondo Ronalda Reagana (Ronald Reagan Circle), Tarnow, Poland; Ronald Reagan Square, Krakow, Poland; Ronald Reagan Statue, Warsaw; Ronald Reagan Park, Gdansk, Poland; Ronald Reagan Roundabout, Wroclaw, Poland; Ronald Reagan Monument, Wroclaw, Poland.