Remember a Legend
by Shane Hayman


On June 5, 2004, former President Ronald Reagan died at his home in Simi Valley, California, of Alzheimer’s disease and pneumonia. He was 93 years old. Mr. Reagan had a short service in California. They flew his body to Washington, D.C., for a proper viewing in the Rotunda. Then, on June 11th, he had a funeral in the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. Once the funeral was over, they went over his hometown in Illinois, where he was born in 1911. Then, they went to Simi Valley, California, to have another service for the former President. He is buried at The Reagan Memorial Library.

Reagan was the Governor of California and the 40th President of the United States. His years in office were 1981-1989. Friends say that, without Nancy, he would not have become President or Governor.

In memory of President Reagan, people in Huntington and Charleston signed a book that was full of wishes and remarks about the President. That book went to Mrs. Reagan on June 15th. The only time that Mrs. Reagan cried was back in California during the last service. She kissed and rubbed the casket, and she got the flag, which was in the shape of a triangle (something like the one Aunt Lil has for Uncle Rob).

Mr. Reagan made the people believe in him. He was in power, and he still is. Good luck former President Ronald Wilson Reagan!