On Sunday, March 6, 2016, former First Lady of the United States Nancy Reagan died at her home at age 94. In honor of Mrs. Reagan and her legacy as First Lady alongside President Ronald Regan (1981-1989), President Obama on Monday ordered flags to fly at half-staff to honor Mrs. Reagan. Flags will remain at half-staff until sunset on the day of Mrs. Reagan’s burial beside her husband at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California.
Perhaps no words better describe Mrs. Reagan’s impact on the nation–and her husband–than these penned by President Reagan as cited on the Reagan Foundation website: “In a letter to Nancy on their thirty-first wedding anniversary he wrote, “I more than love you, I’m not whole without you. You are life itself to me. When you are gone I’m waiting for you to return so I can start living again.””
A grateful nation remembers the contributions the Reagans made to the causes of freedom and, most recently, healthcare, through efforts to study and eradicate Alzheimer’s disease.