Thousands Pay Tribute

Thousands wait hours to pay respects at Ronald Reagan library, viewing hours extended

Ronald Reagan's family knew the public would want to pay its respects. But a family spokesman says no one imagined there'd be such a huge turnout.

The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library has extended the public viewing by four hours, to 10 p.m., "due to the overwhelming response." Mourners sat in traffic on the Ronald Reagan Freeway, only to have to endure waits of up to eight hours for a shuttle bus to the library. There was even more waiting to view the casket.

Visitors have to pass through metal detectors, then get their belongings searched. But there have been few complaints. In the words of Keith Godliman of Santa Clarita, California, "He gave us eight years of service. It doesn't hurt for us to wait eight hours for him."