Californians were expected to pay their final respects to Ronald Reagan on Monday, touching off a week of official mourning for the nation's 40th president.
Reagan, 93, died Saturday following a 10-year battle with Alzheimer's disease. He had left office at the end of his second term in 1989.
On Monday, his body was to be moved from a Santa Monica funeral home to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. Following a private family ceremony, it will lie in repose at the library through Tuesday night, giving Reagan's fellow Californians a chance to pay their final respects to the man who was their governor from 1967 to 1975.
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President Ronald Reagan was the first president that I voted for, he inspired me to register too vote, I believed in his positive message, he will always be the "People's President" to me.
I will most remember President Reagan for giving Americans back our National Pride!
I listened to Ronald Reagan on the radio before he ever ran for President. (He left the airwaves when he did decide to run.) I was a divorced mom working as a secretary in a small town trying to raise two growing (quickly!) boys - watching the interest rate run away, prices at the grocery store gallup out of site with each weekly visit - and beginning to panic. I would listen to Ronald Reagan and tell my sons that he should run for President. I liked his ideas and I thought they'd be good for this nation. When he did run for President, I was thrilled - but so afraid that he wouldn't get it - after all, he'd been an actor in Hollywood.
They'll be few like him and we are so lucky to have had him in our lifetime.
Words cannot describe this sense of loss... Our nation will never forget the enormous impact that Ronald Reagan had on our nation, and the world as well.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Nancy and family.
Dutch was a great president. Not because we agreed with him, because he agreed with us.
Ronald Reagan made it OK to be an American again.
I have been watching Ronald Reagan since I was a young boy. When I first remember him, he was hosting the General Electric Theater in the 50s. I told my mother that he would make a good President because he had a way of drawing you to him. His voice and manner, his smile. I just felt that way about him.
I shall miss him greatly and thank his family for sharing him with us.
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