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Published on Feb 26, 2008
This slideshow honors one of America's finest presidents, Ronald Reagan, on his final journey. It also serves as a tribute to the late president's wife, first lady Nancy Reagan, for she stood by the side of her husband for many years, and has done much for America.
Beginning in Santa Monica, California, Reagan's body was transported to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, and later Washington, DC where it was taken by caisson to the US Capitol and lay in state for 34 hours. A National Funeral Service was conducted in the Washington National Cathedral on June 11, and the week-long events culminated with a memorial service and interment back at the Reagan Library.
During his presidency, Reagan implemented bold new ideas, such as his economic policies, dubbed "Reaganomics". His summit conferences with Mikhail Gorbachev contributed to the end of the Cold War and fall of the Soviet Union, and he is credited for restoring America's confidence after a period of national malaise. He was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 1994, and died ten years later on June 5. Nancy Reagan continues to promote the president's legacy.