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World Leaders Past and Present Mourn Reagan

JUNE 11, 2004 - Posted at 11:05 a.m. CDT

 

WASHINGTON - The president of the United States.  All the living ex-presidents.  The leader who oversaw the breakup of the Soviet Union.  And the British prime minister who stood squarely by his side.

They are among the dignitaries gathered at Washington National Cathedral for Ronald Reagan's funeral.

The first President Bush was Reagan's vice president.

A tribute was delivered by former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.  She was a close friend and ideological soulmate.

Also in attendance: former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, a Cold War adversary, but later a friend.

Current leaders in attendance include Britain's prime minister and Prince Charles.  The chancellor of a now united Germany is there, and so are the leaders of such former Soviet states as Romania and Lithuania.  Former Polish president Lech Walesa is also there.  Reagan's support for Walesa's Solidarity movement helped break the Soviet Union's hold on Poland.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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