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Reagan observances to span five days« Thread Started on Jun 6, 2004, 9:59pm »--------------------------------------------------------------------------------Reagan observances to span five daysFormer president's body to lie in state in Capitol RotundaSunday, June 6, 2004 Posted: 11:00 PM EDT (0300 GMT) MONICA, California (CNN) -- Services honoring former President Ronald Reagan will take place on both coasts and span five days, the family announced Sunday.Reagan, who died Saturday at age 93 after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease, is to be buried Friday under a monument on a hilltop overlooking the Pacific Ocean, outside the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California, family spokeswoman Joanne Drake told reporters.President Bush ordered flags lowered to half-staff for 30 days Sunday and called a national day of mourning for Friday, when a state funeral for the 40th president is scheduled in Washington.Federal departments and agencies will close for the day, except those dealing with national security or essential services, under Bush's executive order.The state funeral and burial will be preceded by five days of observances beginning Monday with a private family service at the library. Afterward, the body will lie in repose at the library for public visitation throughout the night and Tuesday until 6 p.m.On Wednesday, the body will flown to Washington, D.C., where it will be taken to the Capitol by horse-drawn caisson in a procession up Constitution Avenue.After a ceremony Wednesday evening, the body lie in state in the Rotunda of the Capitol throughout the night and all day Thursday.On Friday morning, Reagan's body will be taken by motorcade through Washington to the National Cathedral for funeral services expected to be attended by numerous heads of state, some of whom will be in the country for the G-8 Economic Summit earlier in the week on Sea Island, Georgia.Bush will deliver the principal eulogy, but it was unclear who else will speak.That afternoon the body will be returned to California for the private funeral and burial planned for sunset.Pallbearers will be Michael Deaver, a former aide; Frederick Ryan, chief of staff from 1989-95; talk show host Merv Griffin; Dr. John Hutton, Reagan's physician during his later years at the White House; and Charles Wick, head of the U.S. Information Agency during Reagan's tenure and a former Hollywood producer.Drake said Reagan's wife, Nancy Davis Reagan, appreciated the outside support."While it is an extremely sad time for Mrs. Reagan, there definitely is a sense of relief that he is no longer suffering and has gone to a better place," Drake told reporters."It's been a really hard 10 years for her. She really appreciates the love and the prayers and the support that have been extended to her by so many people."Before discussing funeral plans, Drake read a statement from the Reagan family:"Mrs. Reagan and her family are deeply touched by the outpouring of sympathy from across the country and around the world. ..."As you can understand, the family is in deep mourning at the loss of a husband, a father, a grandfather and their hero."Asked about Reagan's final days and moments, she said, "I'm not going to get into any health discussions. I think that really breaches their privacy."Drake said the family has been flooded with phone calls. Drake said the Rev. Billy Graham and his wife, Ruth, were the first dignitaries to offer condolences.Other calls have come from Lady Bird Johnson, the widow of former President Lyndon Johnson, and from actor Charlton Heston, who has announced that he too suffers from Alzheimer's disease.Drake outlined the following schedule leading to the funeral:Monday, June 710 a.m. (1 p.m. ET) -- Reagan's body leaves the mortuary for the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley11 a.m. -- Private ceremonyNoon -- Body lies in repose for public viewing through the nightTuesday, June 86 p.m. (9 p.m. ET) -- Public viewing at library endsWednesday, June 98 a.m. (11 a.m. ET) -- Family arrives at library8:15 a.m. -- Reagan's body leaves in a motorcade for Naval Base Ventura County in Point Mugu9 a.m. (noon ET) -- Departure ceremony at the base9:30 a.m. -- Plane leaves for Andrews Air Force Base outside Washington5 p.m. ET (2 p.m. PT) -- Plane arrives6 p.m. -- Funeral procession to the Capitol, with casket transfer onto horse-drawn caisson at 1600 Constitution Avenue, near the White House and the Washington Monument7 p.m. -- Ceremony in Capitol Rotunda8:30 p.m. -- Body lies in state in the Rotunda for public viewing throughout the nightThursday, June 10All day -- Body lies in state at CapitolFriday, June 1110:30 a.m. ET -- Departure ceremony at the Capitol10:45 a.m. -- Motorcade leaves11:15 a.m. -- Body arrives at Washington National Cathedral11:30 a.m. -- State funeral service1:45 p.m. -- Motorcade leaves for Andrews Air Force Base2:15 p.m. -- Ceremony at Andrews AFB2:45 p.m. -- Plane leaves Andrews AFB4:45 p.m. PT (7:45 p.m. ET) -- Plane arrives at Naval Base Ventura County5:15 p.m. -- Motorcade departs naval base6 p.m. -- Motorcade arrives at presidential library6:15 p.m. -- Private service begins
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