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20 years


America mourned the loss of the greatest president of the 20th century yesterday, Friday, June 11, 2003 as Americans on both coasts tearfully said goodbye to Ronald Wilson Reagan, the 40th President of the United States. Reagan's burial odyssey began with a week of mourning as he lay in state at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley on Tuesday. Over 100,000 Californians came to pay their respects to a beloved leader. On Wednesday, Reagan's flag-draped coffin was flown to Washington, DC where he lay in state in the Capitol Rotunda for 30 hours. Another 100,000 Americans came to say goodbye. The outpouring of affection from the American people was expressed by multiple thousands of working class Joe and Jane Doaks who lined the procession paths of the limousine caravans escorting the body of Ronald Reagan on both coasts as simple Americans expressed their love for the common man who became America's greatest president—a cherished leader who, while standing heads above the throng, always saw himself as just one of the common folks. In that respect, Ronald Wilson Reagan was a common man with a simple wish. He wished that everyone would treat their fellow man with dignity and respect, and that all men would be able to exercise liberty in a free society. And, for multiple millions of free men and women around the world, he made that impossible dream come true.

A great man crossed our land yesterday. His footsteps are now silent. His smile is slowly fading from our minds. And his voice is a mere echo in our ears. But the mark he left upon this land will endure for centuries. May God eternally bless Ronald Wilson Reagan.

 

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