America is remembering the 40th president of the United States. Ronald Reagan died Saturday at the age of 93 after battling Alzheimer’s for better part of a decade.
It was Saturday afternoon when America learned of the death of one of this country's most beloved President's. As news spread, many people made their way to the Los Angeles funeral home to pay their last respects to the man dubbed as the Great Communicator, admirers rushed the hearse as it pulled up to the mortuary, others laid flowers nearby. In Washington, flags flew at half-staff as the nation's Capitol prepared for a state funeral. Both the current and former president Bush's remembered the man who fought to win the cold war.
Ronald Wilson Reagan was the oldest man ever elected to the white house and his reelection was the greatest landslide Americans had ever seen.
When he left office, Reagan 's public approval rating was higher than any other modern president. Ronald Reagan let history say of us, these were the golden years, when the American revolution was reborn, when freedom gained new life and America reached for her best. The former sportscaster and actor's presidency began with drama.
On Inauguration Day, Iran released 52 American hostages after 444 days of captivity.
After being in office barely two months, Reagan was gravely wounded in an assassination attempt. When the president came back to work public sympathy helped him push through the most sweeping changes in the federal government since Franklin Roosevelt’s administration and the biggest tax cut in history.
He devoted his presidency to ending the Cold War and while in Berlin declared "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall. Five years after leaving office, Mister Reagan announced that he had Alzheimer’s disease. He later described his illness is a poignant letter to the American people writing "The journey that will lead me into the sunset of my life."