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Bi-Coastal Centennial Celebration Begins at Birthplace

The 100th anniversary of the birth of President Nixon was commemorated with a spectacular ceremony at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library on January 6.

The celebration comes in advance of a birthday gala in Washington, D.C. on January 9, what would have been President Nixon’s 100th birthday.

The program began with a patriotic Presentation of the Colors and playing of the “National Anthem” by the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing Band followed by a Harrier squadron flyover provided by Marine Aircraft Group-13.

Tricia Nixon Cox and her family, U.S. Congressman Ed Royce, and Admiral Dixon Smith paid respects to the 37th President with the laying of the President’s Wreath.

Congressman Royce, the new Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, was the first to deliver remarks, reminiscing about his first meeting President Nixon at Cal State Fullerton.

Major General Melvin Spiese spoke about Nixon as a military man, both in his Naval service in World War II and his determination to end the Vietnam War and bring our troops home.

Musician Robbie Britt delivered a powerful rendition of God Bless America before Bruce Herschensohn, former Nixon White House aide took the stage for keynote remarks.

Herschensohn gave testament to Nixon’s expertise in world affairs stating that RN studied all and knew many of the world’s leaders of his time.

The program concluded with a Marine Corps 21-gun salute and the playing of “Taps.”

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Richard Nixon: President's 100th Birthday Commemorated By Brandon Lowry, Reuters

At a ceremony commemorating the late U.S. President Richard M. Nixon's 100th birthday, politicians, a military official and Nixon's eldest daughter on Sunday remembered him as an underappreciated president and a foreign policy genius.

Nixon's Centennial Birthday, Associated Press Photo

Photos from the Nixon Centennial kick-off at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library in Yorba Linda, Ca.

A century later, Nixon legacy carries on By Michael Mello, Orange County Register

For five years, he was known as the leader of the Free World. But for the first several years of his life, Richard Milhous Nixon had a more modest title: farm boy.

Friends, fans share stories at Nixon centennial By Peter Larsen, Orange County Register

The small farmhouse where former President Richard M. Nixon was born served as a backdrop on Sunday as hundreds of his friends, fans and family members gathered to celebrate the 100th anniversary of his birth.

Nixon Feted on 100th Anniversary By Michelle Valles, NBC 4 (Los Angeles)

Old friends and colleagues celebrated this week's 100th anniversary of the birth of former President Richard Nixon at his Presidential Library in northern Orange County. Michelle Valles reports for the NBC4 Evening News at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013.

President Nixon Remembered By The Los Angeles Times (Print)

Tricia Nixon Cox, elder daughter of President Richard M. Nixon, participates in a wreath-laying during a centennial birthday celebration for her father at the Nixon Presidential Library & Museum in Yorba Linda on Sunday.

Marking Richard Nixon's 100th birthday -- with a map By Jean Merl, The Los Angeles Times

Paul J. Carter has a project fitting for Richard M. Nixon. It's called "Native Son Richard Nixon's Southern California: My Life on a Map!"

Family, friends hail President Nixon as foreign policy genius at centennial birth celebration By Sandra Molina, The Pasadena Star News

Friends and family of President Richard Nixon were joined by the public Sunday at the 37th president's library and museum to kick off a year-long celebration of the 100th anniversary of his birth.

Nixon's centennial draws reflections on his legacy, The Desert Sun

Old friends and colleagues celebrated this week’s 100th anniversary of the birth of former President Richard Nixon Sunday at his Presidential Library in northern Orange County.

President Nixon's 100th birthday marked, United Press International

A crowd gathered in California Sunday for an early tribute marking the 100th birthday of the late President Richard Nixon.

Among the speakers at the 37th president's library was former Nixon White House aide Bruce Herschensohn.