One of Reagan’s first responses was to call someone he deeply respected: John Paul II.
On that date, Reagan held a private meeting in the White House with the Polish ambassador, Romuald Spasowski, and his wife, both of whom had just defected to the United States. Michael Deaver, a close Reagan aide, witnessed the meeting.
And right then, Ronald Reagan got up and went to the second floor, lighted a candle, and put it in the window of the dining room.
Obviously, it took more than candles to free Poland. But never under-estimate the apparition of light in darkness, folks.