Ronald Reagan was remembered with jelly beans, flowers and American
flags yesterday at memorials in his hometown and outside the
mortuary where the former president's body lay.
"Thank you for changing the world,'' said a handwritten note
among the tokens of remembrance left in Santa Monica for
the nation's 40th president, who was 93 when he died
Saturday of pneumonia, a complication of Alzheimer's disease.
The family's spokeswoman said Nancy Reagan was thankful for thousands
of expressions of sympathy over the death of her husband,
and despite her sadness was relieved he was no longer
"I can tell you most certainly that while it is
an extremely sad time for Mrs. Reagan, there is definitely
a sense of relief that he is no longer suffering,
and that he has gone to a better place,'' Joanne
Drake told a press conference outside the mortuary where Reagan's
"It's been a really hard 10 years for her,'' Drake
said of Nancy Reagan, as nearly a week of tributes
to the former president was detailed.
In a piece written for Time magazine before Reagan's death,
Nancy Reagan remembered her husband as "a man of strong
principles and integrity'' who felt his greatest accomplishment was finding
a safe end to the Cold War. Source.