Thousands pay respects to Nancy Reagan at funeral services

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SIMI VALLEY, Calif. — Nancy Reagan will forever rest alongside her husband on a Southern California hilltop.

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Nancy Reagan’s funeral service has concluded at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in hill country northwest of Los Angeles.

Friday’s service ended with recollections and prayers by the Rev. Stuart A. Kenworthy, vicar of Washington National Cathedral, and a bagpipe recessional as military service members carried the casket to the grave site.

Her children Patti Davis and Ron Reagan stood by as “God Bless America” was played.

The service took place inside a cavernous white tent, one side left open, facing the hills in the distance. A blanket of gray clouds filled the sky, and a brief sprinkle tapped on the roof.

The former first lady, who died Sunday at age 94, will be buried next to Ronald Reagan, who died in 2004.

Her casket will be lowered into the tomb beside the former president Friday night, the moment watched over by senior library staff.