LOS ANGELES, March 7, 2016 – Flags across the United States are flying at half-staff honoring former First Lady of the United States Nancy Reagan, who died on Sunday, March 6, at age 94. Reagan Presidential Library officials announced details Monday for official events honoring Mrs. Reagan this week.
“What do you say about someone who gives your life meaning? What do you say about someone who’s always there with support and understanding, someone who makes sacrifices so that your life will be easier and more successful? Well, what you say is that you love that person and treasure her. I simply can’t imagine the last eight years without Nancy.” – Ronald Reagan, August 1988
Mrs. Reagan will be buried at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California, next to her husband, Ronald Wilson Reagan, who died on June 5, 2004. To prepare for her funeral, the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, located at 40 Presidential Drive in Simi Valley, California is currently closed. It will re-open to the public next Sunday, March 13, 2016 at 10 a.m.
As part of the official events, Mrs. Reagan will lie in repose at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library on Wednesday, March 9 from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. and also on Thursday, March 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Those wishing to pay their respects to Mrs. Reagan will be transported via shuttle buses running continuously to the Reagan Library throughout those hours.
Because security will be heightened at the Library during this time, no large bags or cameras will be permitted and all bags will be inspected. Strollers will not be allowed inside the building. Those wishing to leave gifts and flowers will be asked to leave them outside the Library grounds at the bottom of Presidential Drive and at the shuttle pick up location. In lieu of flowers, Mrs. Reagan had asked that contributions be made to the Ronald Reagan Memorial Fund at www.reaganlibrary.com.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, March 11, 2016. Mrs. Reagan left specific instructions for her services for Library officials and they are being followed to the letter. Funeral services are invitation only and closed to the public. A crowd of approximately 1,000 people is expected to attend. Rain is in the forecast for Friday, but officials say the services will take place rain or shine; tents will be brought in to shield guests from the worst of the weather. Speakers have not yet been announced.
The public can sign a guest book online with a condolence message via the Reagan Library website at this link.
The public can also send a condolence email to the extended Reagan family at this link on the Reagan Library website.
For continuous updated information on the week’s events, please visit the Reagan Library’s web site at www.reaganlibrary.com.
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