Funeral plans set for Nancy Reagan as native New York honors former first lady
Reagan will be laid to rest later this week at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in California.
Nancy Reagan, the former actress who was fiercely protective of husband Ronald Reagan through a Hollywood career, eight years in the White House, an assassination attempt and her husband's Alzheimer's disease, died on Sunday at age 94 at her Los Angeles home.
"She is once again with the man she loved," her stepson Michael Reagan wrote on Twitter.
Reagan will soon be laid to rest at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California, next to her husband, who died on June 5, 2004, an announcement on Facebook read Monday.
“What do you say about someone who gives your life meaning? What do you say about someone who's always there with support and understanding, someone who makes sacrifices so that your life will be easier and more successful? Well, what you say is that you love that person and treasure her. I simply can't imagine the last 8 years without Nancy,” an August 1988 quote from President Reagan that was on the page said.
His wife Nancy, whose cause of death was congestive heart failure, according to a spokeswoman for the Reagan presidential library, will lay in repose on Wednesday, March 9 and Thursday, March 10, with funeral services on Friday, March 11.
As part of the official events, Reagan will layin repose at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library on Wednesday, March 9 from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and also on Thursday, March 10from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, and are closed to the public.
Reagan is also being remembered in her native New York.
As a “mark of respect” for the former first lady, who was born in New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio ordered that on Monday all flags be lowered in the five boroughs immediately, through sunset on the date of her interment.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday also directed that flags on state government buildings be flown at half-staff in honor of Reagan, from March 8 through the date of interment.
“Born in Queens, Nancy Reagan was committed to improving the lives of others, and her legacy will no doubt be felt for decades to come,” Cuomo said in a statement. “As we mourn the former first lady’s passing, I am directing that flags on all state government buildings be flown at half-staff to honor her life and her many contributions to our nation.”
-Reuters contributed to this report