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Updated: 30 June 2004

Farewell to
President Reagan

PRESIDENT'S OWN — The U.S. Marine Corps band, called "The President's Own," escorts the body of former President Ronald Reagan to the Capitol Rotunda, in Washington, June 9, 2004. Reagan's remains will lie in state for public viewing until June 11. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Aaron Peterson 
PRESIDENTIAL ESCORT — U.S. Army soldiers escort former President Ronald Reagan's casket to the Capitol Rotunda in Washington, June 9, 2004. The former president died June 5 in his home in California. Reagan's body will lie in state in the rotunda June 10. A state funeral will be conducted June 11 at the Washington National Cathedral, where President Bush will give the eulogy. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Robert R. McRill 

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Honoring President Ronal Reagan
People lined up along both sides of Massachusetts Avenue outside Washington National Cathedral jockey for a view as President Reagan's funeral motorcade arrives June 11. Photo by Gerry J. Gilmore

WASHINGTON, June 11, 2004 – President Bush spoke for the nation when he said former President Ronald Reagan, "believed that America was not just a place in the world, but the hope of the world."

Bush spoke during the state funeral for the 40th president at Washington National Cathedral here.

Overcoming darkness was a theme of the service in honor of Reagan, who died June 5 at his home in California. Many speakers took Reagan's own illusion of America as a "shining city on a hill" as they fashioned their eulogies about him.

Full Story By Jim Garamone, American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 11, 2004 -- Even in the post-Sept. 11 era, in which the possibility of a spontaneous act of terrorism is never far from our thoughts, it is hard for anyone who had not lived through the height of the Cold War to imagine what a strain communism and the specter of mutually assured destruction added to daily life.

Even more than the idea of a breakdown in relations between the United States and the Soviet Union that could lead to a first strike, and thus nuclear annihilation, was the complete lack of hope that the situation would ever be different. I clearly remember the certainty with which I believed I would not live to see the day when communism collapsed or the Soviet Union did not exist, and neither would my children. It was the primary reason I became involved in politics, and thought the work the most important one could do.

Fortunately for the nation and the world, Ronald Reagan had the vision to see what few, if any, others could discern: the total bankruptcy of the communist system, how close it actually was to collapsing, and what was required to push it over the edge. In achieving his goal of relegating communism to "the ash heap of history," Ronald Reagan not only removed the specter of the unthinkable from our lives and our futures, but gave us a gift of inestimable value: the gift of hope.

Full Commentary by Terri Lukach Special to American Forces Press Service
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