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IT’S mourning in America.
AMERICA’S long farewell to Ronald Reagan reached its climax yesterday with a majestic state funeral at Washington’s National Cathedral where past and present world leaders lauded the 40th US president as a prophet of freedom and moral victor of the Cold War.
THOUSANDS more people filed silently past the coffin of the former president, Ronald Reagan, yesterday as final preparations were made for the United States’ first presidential state funeral in more than 30 years.
MARGARET THATCHER today paid tribute to her former close political ally Ronald Reagan as his body lay in state in Washington.
RONALD Reagan’s coffin rode in solemn procession through the streets of Washington DC yesterday as thousands of people waving American flags paid tribute to the former president.
ARNOLD Schwarzenegger and his wife were among the first of thousands of mourners to pay their respects to former United States president, Ronald Reagan.
AS the soldiers and sailors loaded the late US president Ronald Reagan’s flag-covered casket into a hearse yesterday, they began a carefully choreographed series of memorials and ceremonies.
THRONGS of mourners headed to California today to pay their final respects to Ronald Reagan in the first of several public events to honour the 40th US President’s last wish that ordinary Americans be given a chance to say goodbye.
RONALD Reagan’s easy charm and apparent gregariousness hid the fact that he had few close friends and confidants. For 50 years, his second wife, Nancy, was both his most intimate adviser and the centre of his life. In fact, Reagan really had only two loves: his wife and the American people.
GEORGE Bush may be his father’s son, but he is Ronald Reagan’s heir. At home and abroad, Bush has first co-opted and then built upon the late president’s legacy.
EUROPEANS habitually have a difficult time assessing United States presidents, especially ones such as Ronald Reagan.
Born: 6 February, 1911, in Tampico, Illinois
THEY were political soulmates whose relationship changed the world. He hailed her as the "best man in England", and she called him the "second most important man in my life". Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher were fighting the same battles on different fronts.
IN 1991, Ronald Reagan returned to his Scottish roots to visit the church where two of his ancestors married early in the last century.
A GREAT American life has come to an end. He leaves behind a nation he restored, and a world he helped save. During the years of President Reagan, America laid to rest an era of division and self-doubt. Because of his leadership, the world laid to rest an era of fear. US President George W Bush
RONALD Reagan seemed like a very ordinary fellow. To many Europeans, as well as many Americans, he lacked all the basic credentials that are needed in a president. He was a below-average student at Eureka College.
RONALD Reagan will be remembered as the man who made America smile again.