Nancy Reagan Lying in Repose: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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How can the public pay their respects to Nancy Reagan? They can arrive while she lies in repose. (Getty)

Nancy Reagan will lie in repose for two days in order to give the public time to pay their respects to the former First Lady who was such a huge inspiration. This is the closest to a “viewing” or “visitation” that the public will have in order to mourn Nancy’s passing and say goodbye, since Nancy Reagan’s funeral service will be private.

Here’s what you need to know.


1. Nancy Reagan Will Lay in Repose on Wednesday and Thursday

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Flowers are left in memory of former first lady Nancy Reagan near the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Center for Public Affairs on March 6, 2016 in Simi Valley, California. (Getty)

Nancy Reagan will be lying in repose on Wednesday, March 9 and Thursday, March 10. Lying in repose generally refers to a public viewing available for a person of high social stature. Although called a “viewing,” this doesn’t mean that the body of the deceased is actually displayed for the public to see. When Justice Antonin Scalia recently had a lying in repose ceremony, his body was in a casket that was draped with the American flag.

In the United States, lying in state generally refers to someone being placed in the rotunda of the United States Capitol. When the person is in another location, it is referred to as lying in repose. Just because someone can lie in state at the Capitol doesn’t mean they will. President Richard Nixon, for example, lay in repose at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library rather than the United States Capitol.


2. The Public Can Pay Their Respects at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library

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Monika Poach arranges flowers left in memory of former first lady Nancy Reagan near the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Center for Public Affairs on March 6, 2016 in Simi Valley, California. (Getty)

When Nancy Reagan lies in repose, this will be the public’s opportunity to come and say goodbye and pay their respects to the former, beloved First Lady. The public can visit her at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library on Wednesday, March 9 from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Pacific (4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Eastern) and on Thursday, March 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Pacific (1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Eastern).

It’s not yet known if the lying in repose or the funeral will be broadcast on TV or online. We will update this story when we know. We do know that Nancy Reagan’s casket will depart the funeral home on Wednesday, March 9, at 10 a.m. Pacific and is expected to arrive at the Reagan Library at approximately 11 a.m. Pacific (2 p.m. Eastern). Eight U.S. Secret Service agents will be pallbearers: Assistant Special Agent in Charge Michael Kinnersley, Supervisory Special Officer Christopher Cousino, and Special Agents Thomas Feuerborn, Tim Yoshitake, Cory Chhiap, Steven Kulpaca, Nathan Judd, and Melanie Lentz.


3. You Will Need to Take a Shuttle to the Library, As There Will Be No Parking There

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Flowers are left in memory of former first lady Nancy Reagan near the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Center for Public Affairs on March 6 in Simi Valley, California. (Getty)

The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library is located on 40 Presidential Drive in Simi Valley, California. However, if you plan on attending the lying in repose, don’t try to park at the library itself. There will be no parking at the library, according to the Reagan Foundation. Instead, park at the Bank of America on 450 American Street in Simi Valley. Shuttles will run continuously to and from the Reagan Library during the repose.


4. Cameras Won’t Be Allowed Inside

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Bruce Kalish photographs flowers left in memory of former first lady Nancy Reagan near the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. (Getty)

Unlike during Justice Antonin Scalia’s lying in repose, cameras will not be allowed inside the Presidential Library, according to the Reagan Foundation. Strollers and large bags also won’t be allowed inside. All bags will be inspected due to heightened security. Gifts and flowers must be left at the bottom of the Presidential Drive and at the shuttle pickup location. However, in lieu of flowers the family is asking for donations to be made to the Ronald Reagan Memorial Fund.


5. Nancy’s Funeral Will Be a Private Service Closed to the Public

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President Ronald Reagan And Mrs. Nancy Reagan Stroll Through The White House Rose Garden On April 16, 1981. (Getty)

Nancy Reagan’s funeral will take place at 11 a.m. Pacific (2 p.m. Eastern) on Friday, March 11. However, the funeral service will be closed to the public. Only close friends and family can attend. She will be buried next to her husband. Find out more about here funeral at this story.