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Day of Mourning proclaimed; Condolence book open

Date Posted: 2004-06-10

The world is mourning the death of former President Ronald Reagan. Americaís 40th president died of pneumonia last weekend. He was 93.

Friday has been declared a National Day of Mourning by President George W. Bush. The proclamation means all but mission essential U.S. government / military installations and activities will be closed on Friday.

The American Consulate Naha has a Condolence Book in its foyer. Anyone who wishes to may go to the Consulate and offer their thoughts and sign the book. Consul General Thomas Reich says the book will be open for public signing until 4pm Thursday.

President Reaganís body is currently lying in state in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda in Washington D.C. A state funeral will be conducted Friday, the first in 31 years for a past president. Lyndon B. Johnson was the last, in 1973. The national funeral will be held in the National Cathedral.

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