Having been around so many people participating in the state funeral for former President Reagan, I must say, I am proud to be an American. The precision and solemnity with which we the people have rendered final honors to our former President was amazing. And to think, that was the first ceremony of that kind in over thirty years!
Marine Barracks, Washington D.C., was supposed to have a Parade last night in honor of former President Reagan. But because of the rain, just the Drum and Bugle Corps performed. The first piece was Liberty Fanfare which was performed at the Anniversary of the Statue of Liberty, where former President Reagan reopened it after many years of renovation. The concert continued with the Finale from Ode to Joy which was played in Berlin by the Israeli Philharmonic, at the wall, so that the music could be heard on the other side. A wall, which thanks in no small part to former President Reagan, is no longer there. And finally, God Bless the USA, one of the most heartfelt, patriotic song I have ever hear, resurrected by the former President during his campaign for president.
I only mention this concert because we played in the pouring rain for a very substantial crowd. I was happy do perform a ceremony in honor of former President Reagan. It is something I will never forget, and I know that the guests at the Parade last night will not forget either. Still making a difference in people’s lives.
After I got home, I watched the final public ceremony at the library in California where the former President is to be buried. Buried at sunset after “[t]he sunset of [his] life” . . . .
Deus Tibi Benedictat.