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Reagan's Body to Arrive in Washington Wednesday - 2004-06-09


The body of former President Ronald Reagan will be flown from California to Washington Wednesday, for the start of official ceremonies to honor the nation's 40th chief executive.

A military procession with a horse-drawn caisson will take him from the White House area to the Capitol building, where he will lie in state until a national funeral service Friday.

In California, tens of thousands of people have paid their final respects to the late president, filing past his casket at the Reagan library, near Los Angeles. Mr. Reagan will be buried on the library grounds at sunset Friday.

Mr. Reagan, who also served as California governor, died Saturday at the age of 93 after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease.