(SIMI VALLEY, Calif.) — The funeral for former first lady Nancy Reagan has started as she is being laid to rest Friday beside beloved husband “Ronnie.”
The front row was filled with famed politicians, including four of the five living first ladies — Michelle Obama, Laura Bush, Hillary Clinton, and Rosalynn Carter — and former President George W. Bush.
Caroline Kennedy, the former first daughter and current U.S. ambassador to Japan, was seated in the same row.
Reagan will be buried at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California.
In addition to an expected 1,000 invited guests, there will be readings by some well-known politicians and newscasters.
Journalists Diane Sawyer will give a Gospel reading and Tom Brokaw will share his thoughts.
Nancy Reagan’s children, Patti Davis and Ronald Prescott Reagan Jr., will share their reflections, as will their father’s former chief-of-staff James Baker.
Former President Bush is the only president that will be in attendance, with President Obama scheduled to be in Texas for his speech to the South by Southwest conference.
Members of the Nixon, Johnson and Ford families are also expected to be in attendance.
Californians like Rep. Nancy Pelosi, former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and current Gov. Jerry Brown are on the guest list.
Some of the famous non-political guests that will be in attendance include Mr. T, Wayne Newton, Anjelica Houston, John Stamos, Tom Selleck, Bo Derek and Melissa Rivers.
The Santa Susana High School Choir will sing “Battle Hymn of the Republic” at the beginning of the service, which started at 11 a.m. local time, and perform “Amazing Grace” at the end before a recessional of bagpipers and a rendition of “God Bless America.”
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