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Joe Gregory


May 03, 2011

Bristol, Tennessee resident Joe Gregory was presented with the Ronald Reagan Leadership Award by the former President's son, Michael Reagan before over 6,000 members at the National Rifle Association of America's Celebration of American Values Freedom Experience here today. Awarding Gregory with a framed personal letter handwritten by the former President, Michael Reagan said Gregory's "tireless commitment to freedom has helped make America more like the 'shining city upon a hill' that my late father envisioned."

Gregory, 57, of Bristol, Tennessee is the founder and charter member of the NRA's Golden Ring of Freedom donor recognition society, whose membership is restricted to those who have given or pledged at least $1 million to the NRA Ring of Freedom.

"My involvement with NRA is based on my desire to leave a better world for our children and for others," Gregory has said. "Today, we still have to make sure that the flag waves over the land of the free and the home of the brave. Freedom is not free. And the NRA stands to defend freedom. That’s why I support it."

In the framed handwritten personal letter from 1990, the former president cites the fall of the Berlin Wall and writes, "There is no limit to what a man can do or where he can go if he doesn't mind who gets the credit."

Gregory, upon receiving the award, reflected upon that sentiment. "One of the most remarkable things about President Reagan was the way he inspired others to take up the torch that he had once carried," Gregory said.

"That's all any of us can do, and what I hope to do through the NRA Golden Ring of Freedom: Instill such a love for freedom in others, that they, in turn, pick up and carry the torch of freedom forward into the future."

The Celebration of American Values Freedom Experience was the culminating event of the 140th Annual Meetings and Exhibits of the National Rifle Association.