Nancy Reagan, the former first lady whose charisma and tenacity made her one of the most beloved women in the nation’s history, will be laid to rest during funeral services scheduled to take place Friday in California. Reagan died of heart failure last weekend. She was 94.
The services are scheduled to begin at 1:15 p.m. ET (10:15 a.m. local time), with musical preludes by the Santa Susana High School Advanced Women’s Choir, the Abbe Road A Cappella, and the 1st Marine Division Band, Marine Corps Camp Pendleton. The funeral is scheduled to begin at 2:00 p.m. ET. To watch a live stream of the services, view the video players below or click here.
Known also for her anti-drug abuse campaign that transformed the nation’s drug policies and criminal justice system, Reagan will be remembered for the “Just Say No” campaign that encouraged abstinence from marijuana and crack cocaine in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Those who knew her best will likely share more heartfelt remembrances during her funeral services, similar to one her late husband shared decades ago.
“Nancy Davis Reagan has led a remarkable life — as an adoring daughter, a loving mother, a devoted and sensitive partner, and a worthy ambassador for our country as first lady,” President Ronald Reagan said during a 1994 event honoring Mrs. Reagan, according to the Reagan Presidential Foundation & Library. “I have seen her cope bravely with life’s most difficult challenges, exuding grace and dignity and strength. I am so proud of this woman … I can’t imagine life without her."
Many American dignitaries are expected to attend Nancy Reagan’s funeral, which is being held at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley, California. Current first lady Michelle Obama, former President George W. Bush and his wife, Laura, as well as former first ladies Rosalynn Carter and Hillary Clinton, will attend the services, ABC News reported.
The Reagans’ two children, Patti Davis and Ron Prescott Reagan, will offer remembrances of their mother, according to an official program. The children of past presidents will also attend the funeral, including Caroline Kennedy, Lynda Bird Johnson Robb, Luci Baines Johnson, Tricia Nixon Cox and Steven Ford.
After the services, Reagan will be laid to rest next to her husband in a hillside tomb that faces the Pacific Ocean.