Officials and Common Citizens Join To Say Farewell

Ronald Reagan Officials, common citizens join capital farewell to Reagan

It's warm and muggy in the nation's capital, but thousands of people are standing in long lines to pay their farewell respects to Ronald Reagan. The flag-draped casket bearing the body of the 40th president lies in state in the Rotunda of the US Capitol building. Leaders, including Vice President Cheney, held a solemn ceremony as the casket arrived last night.

Now it's the turn of ordinary Americans. Two Virginia high school students say the event is historic, and they just wanted to be there. A mother bringing her child says she wanted to instill patriotism and respect for human dignity. A man who drove up from South Carolina to pay his respects says he was sick in the hospital as a child when he got a letter from the president.

He says Reagan wrote, "Always have faith in God and be strong -- and everything will work out."