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Remarks on Departure From Williamsburg, Virginia

May 31, 1983

Well, thank you, and thank all of you. And I mean not just for being here and for that warm welcome, but I realize that practically everyone here has been a part of what's been going on—from you of Williamsburg who have been so warm in your hospitality and so friendly, and to all of you others who have made everything happen on time, except my getting out here- [laughter] —and all the ramifications and the detailed work that has made this a very successful summit.

And I'm not just speaking now for our own country or our side, but I want you to know that all during this summit, the heads of state, who've now all embarked on their way home, repeatedly volunteered to me how wonderfully they were being treated, how warmly they were greeted by all of you here in the community, but also how their every need, whether it had to do with the business of the summit or whether it just was for their personal comfort, how every need had been met. And they were overwhelmed by this, plus the fact that they said they felt a great kinship and a part of now American history more so than they ever had before by virtue of having the meeting in this particular place and among all of you who have made this historic monument such a wonderful and spectacular place.

So, again I just, from the bottom of my heart, thank you not only for our own personal comfort and what you've done but you've made a sizable contribution to better international understanding. So, thank you again.

Note: The President spoke at 12:06 p.m. outside Providence Hall to summit task force employees, volunteers, and Colonial Williamsburg employees. Following his remarks, the President and Mrs. Reagan returned to Washington, D.C.

Ronald Reagan, Remarks on Departure From Williamsburg, Virginia Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project

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