Mourners file past Nancy Reagan’s casket

CORRECTS NAME TO THE REV. STUART KENWORTHY - The Rev. Stuart Kenworthy, vicar of the Washington National Cathedral, gives the final blessing after the casket carrying the former first lady Nancy Reagan was loaded into a hearse at a mortuary, Wednesday, March 9, 2016, in Santa Monica, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, Pool)

SIMI VALLEY, Calif. (AP) — Members of the public have begun paying their respects to the late former first lady Nancy Reagan.

Shuttle buses are bringing mourners to the hilltop Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California, where her casket was brought earlier Wednesday by motorcade from a Los Angeles-area funeral home.

Members of the public must park at a remote location, and the shuttles are timed so that the library lobby where the casket has been placed never becomes full.

Most people stay just a few minutes, and some wipe away tears.

A local police officer and a firefighter in dress uniform form an honor guard.

After two days of public viewing, a private funeral will be held Friday. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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