Departure Ceremony

Mrs. Reagan arrives for departure ceremony:

A private moment between a woman and the husband to whom she was devoted, who also was a former president of the United States.  Nancy Reagan rubbed her hands lovingly over the flag-draped coffin in the Capitol Rotunda, then kissed it.  No speeches during this event, just the Army Band playing "Ruffles and Flourishes" and "Hail to the Chief," followed by a 21-gun salute.

The Military District of Washington's Old Guard will carry Reagan's casket out of the Rotunda and to the hearse that will bring it to the National Cathedral for a lavish funeral attended by every living president and many other dignitaries.