GDANSK, Poland (7/17/12)--Credit Union National Association (CUNA) President/CEO Bill Cheney
Credit Union National Association President/CEO Bill Cheney, right, attends the unveiling of bronze statues honoring President Ronald Reagan and Pope John Paul II for their work to end communism in Poland. The event was held Saturday in Gdansk, Poland, where the World Council of Credit Unions' World Credit Union Conference is meeting this week. At center is Gdansk Mayor Pawel Adamowicz. (Photo provided by CUNA)
attended the unveiling of a pair of bronze statues honoring President Ronald Reagan and Pope John Paul II on Saturday in Gdansk, Poland, for their work to end communism in that country.
Cheney was there to attend the World Credit Union Conference, which began Sunday in Gdansk. The conference, presented by the World Council of Credit Unions, ends Wednesday.
The U.S. president and Catholic leader have been widely credited in Poland with helping to topple communism there 23 years ago. Gdansk is the birthplace of Lech Walesa's Solidarity movement.
Also attending the event were about 120 former Solidarity activists, many of whom were imprisoned in the 1980s for their roles in organizing or taking part in strikes against the communist regime.
The bronze statue was erected in the lush seaside President Ronald Reagan Park in Gdansk.
Walesa was the conference's opening day speaker. (See related story: Walesa highlights World CU Conference).