Silent And Solemn Viewing

Scene Silent and solemn viewing

People viewing former President Reagan's casket in the Capitol building Rotunda say it's so quiet inside, you could hear a pin drop. Tens of thousands of people have been filing past the flag-draped coffin after the viewing started last night. Heavier crowds are expected today.

Overnight, people said they waited up to three hours before making their way inside the Rotunda. But those waits could grow longer as the day goes on. Once inside, they spend just about a minute filing by the coffin.

The weather in Washington has cooled down somewhat since yesterday, when it was hot and muggy. People describe the mood inside the Rotunda as silent, serious and solemn. Tents are set up outside for them to sign books of condolence.