Reagan memorial planned for Friday at Courthouse Square

Wednesday, June 9, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 8:03 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, July 16, 2008

A group of volunteers has decided to take up the challenge of organizing a local ceremony in honor of the late President Ronald Reagan.

Geoffrey Preckshot of Columbia, a Republican and former assistant prosecutor in Callaway County, and a group of friends are in the planning stages of an event to commemorate the legacy of the former president.

"Somebody’s got to push the snowball over the cliff," Preckshot said.

The public ceremony will take place from 12:15 to 1 p.m. Friday at Courthouse Square on Walnut Street.

"Ronald Reagan deserves recognition by everyone," said Preckshot, a lawyer in private practice. "He’s a significant force in the life of our community."

Preckshot said his wife, Rita Preckshot, came up with the idea for the ceremony.

Initial plans include speeches from members of the community and clergy. The event is still an individual effort and not backed by any organization in Columbia, Preckshot said. But he welcomed volunteers.

"The time and place are rock solid," Preckshot said Tuesday afternoon, although further details were still in the works.

The Columbia ceremony will coincide with the departure of the president’s remains after services at the Washington National Cathedral.

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