- The Washington Times
Wednesday, March 9, 2016

SIMI VALLEY, California — Four first ladies past and present are scheduled to attend the Friday funeral of former first lady Nancy Reagan here ​at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library.

That includes Hillary Clinton, the Democratic front-runner for the presidential nomination. A campaign spokesman for Clinton said Tuesday she will “drop off the trail briefly” to attend the funeral.

The White House announced Monday that Mrs. Obama would attend the services for Mrs. Reagan, who died Sunday at her home in Bel Air at age 94, but President Obama is not expected to accompany his wife.

President George W. Bush and his wife Laura Bush, and former first lady Rosalynn Carter are also expected to pay their respects at the services.

Others scheduled to attend include entertainers Angelica Huston, Wayne Newton, Melissa Rivers, Tina Sinatra and Mr. T, the former “A-Team” star who participated in Mrs. Reagan’s anti-drug campaign during the 1980s.

Mr. T said on social media Monday that Mrs. Reagan was “very special to me.”

“Not only did she invite me to the White House in December ‘83, after meeting with her and President Ronald Reagan … she then asked me to help her with her ‘Just Say No’ program which I gladly accepted with humility and honor,” Mr. T said on Twitter.

A private ceremony for the family is scheduled to be held Wednesday, after which Mrs. Reagan’s casket will be moved to the Reagan library for a two-day public visitation. Eight Secret Service agents will serve as pallbearers as the casket is moved from the funeral home to the library.

The Rev. Stuart A. Kenworthy, vicar of Washington National Cathedral, will officiate Wednesday’s private family service and Friday’s funeral ceremony. He will be assisted Wednesday by the Rev. Donn Moomaw, the Reagan family minister, according to the Reagan foundation.

Mr. Obama has directed U.S. flags to be flown at half-staff on public buildings in Mrs. Reagan’s honor.

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