A Final Farewell to President Ronald Reagan

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Former President Ronald Reagan was honored Friday in a second official state funeral---this time at Washington National Cathedral in the nation’s capital.

The Washington ceremony included moments of humor and sadness. Former President George H. W. Bush, who served as President Reagan's vice president, drew a laugh when he related his former boss's answer when once asked how a meeting with Bishop Desmond Tutu went. He said President Reagan replied, “So-so.” Former President Bush also choked up as he remembered all the lessons he learned from President Reagan.

His son, President George W. Bush, also gave a eulogy, as did former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney. The cathedral was crowded with dignitaries, including America's four living presidents, former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev and leaders from several other nations.

President Reagan's family arrived under rainy, gunmetal-grey skies, along with the casket---greeted by the ringing of the cathedral's great bells. Around the country, church bells pealed 40 times in honor of the nation's 40th president. And around the world, American guns were fired in salutes to the former president.

After the funeral service, President Ronald Reagan's body was flown back Simi Valley, California, for a sunset burial on the grounds of his presidential library.

To read President George W. Bush’s eulogy, Click here.


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