Memorial service for Nancy Reagan to be held Friday

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Former President Ronald Reagan and First Lady Nancy Reagan share a moment in this undated file photo. (Photo: Ronald Reagan Presidental Library/Getty Images)

SIMI VALLEY, Calif. — Nancy Reagan will be memorialized Friday in a growing service that will be attended by former President George W. Bush and his wife Laura, current first lady Michelle Obama, and past first ladies Hillary Clinton and Rosalynn Carter.

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Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, actor Tom Selleck and other celebrities are also invited.

Workers are erecting a stage and bleachers for up to 1,000 people. A military band and choir will perform.

Reagan will be buried next to her husband, whom she called Ronnie.

The simple, elegant gravesite faces west, a short walk from a large piece of the Berlin Wall that Ronald Reagan ordered torn down, as his policies help demolish the Iron Curtain.

 

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