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Tears and salutes as First Lady Nancy Reagan makes final journey

By AP Reporter

More than 3,000 mourners flocked to the Reagan Presidential Library to see Nancy Reagan after her final journey to her husband's side.

A police motorcade carried her coffin down an empty freeway lined with saluting firefighters and mourners in tribute to America's former First Lady. Mrs Reagan's funeral will be held in California today.

Yesterday began with a private ceremony for family and close friends at a funeral home in Santa Monica, followed by a public viewing at the library.

People came from near and far to pay tribute to the 94-year-old widow of the 40th president.

Retired teacher Mary Ellen Gruendyke, who rose early so she could drive nearly 100 miles from her Riverside home, said she admired Mrs Reagan for her "Just Say No" campaign against drugs and the president for infusing a sense of patriotism in the country.

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