Farewell, Nancy: Former First Lady's Body Transported to Ronald Reagan Presidential Library for Public to Pay Respects

Nancy Reagan's Body Transported to Reagan Library To Lie in Repose
Nancy Reagan's casket
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03/09/2016 AT 02:00 PM EST

The body of the late Nancy Reagan was transported by motorcade to the Reagan Library in Simi Valley, California, where the former First Lady will lie in repose for public visitation.

Police officers and firefighters saluted as the hearse drove past on the Ronald Reagan Highway in the early morning, while others gathered along the road leading to the library. The somber procession followed a private ceremony earlier Wednesday at a funeral home in Santa Monica. Secret Service agents served as pallbearers for Reagan.

Farewell, Nancy: Former First Lady's Body Transported to Ronald Reagan Presidential Library for Public to Pay Respects| Death, politics, Nancy Reagan

Emergency officials salute the hearse carrying Nancy Reagan

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Farewell, Nancy: Former First Lady's Body Transported to Ronald Reagan Presidential Library for Public to Pay Respects| Death, politics, Nancy Reagan

Nancy Reagan's casket at a funeral home in Santa Monica, California

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Farewell, Nancy: Former First Lady's Body Transported to Ronald Reagan Presidential Library for Public to Pay Respects| Death, politics, Nancy Reagan

Friends and family of Nancy Reagan outside of a Santa Monica funeral home

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The public can pay their respects to Reagan, who died in her sleep at 94 on Sunday, starting Wednesday afternoon and into Thursday.

Farewell, Nancy: Former First Lady's Body Transported to Ronald Reagan Presidential Library for Public to Pay Respects| Death, politics, Nancy Reagan

An officer outside of the Santa Monica funeral home where a ceremony was held for Nancy Reagan

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Farewell, Nancy: Former First Lady's Body Transported to Ronald Reagan Presidential Library for Public to Pay Respects| Death, politics, Nancy Reagan

Nancy Reagan's casket

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A closed-casket funeral service will then be held at 11 a.m. on Friday for the Reagan family. Reagan will be laid to rest next to husband, former President Ronald Reagan, at the library.

Around 1,000 guests are invited to the funeral, including First Lady Michelle Obama, as well as former presidents and other former first ladies.
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