Former first lady Nancy Reagan commemorates husband’s death


Former first lady Nancy Reagan visited her husband Ronald Reagan's grave in California on Thursday, on the tenth anniversary of his death.

Late Reagan, a Republican who beat incumbent Jimmy Carter in the 1980 election and served the United States as President for two terms, died in 2004 after battling with Alzheimer's disease for around a decade. He was 93.

The 92-year-old former first lady, who is in fragile health, laid flowers on the headstone at the Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley. A couple of years back, Mrs. Reagan suffered broken ribs after a fall. Yesterday, she used a wheelchair.

Available records show that Mr. Reagan personally replied to an 11-year-old girl in 1986 to sponsor her during a seven-mile charity walk. The letter was accompanied by a check for $50.

The note written on White House letterhead reads, "Dear Lisa, I am very proud to sponsor you in the walkathon. Thank you for asking. I know you'll walk the seven miles and the enclosed is to help the cause you are serving. God bless you. Ronald Reagan."

But Lisa never sent the check to the San Fernando Board of Realtors, the sponsor of the charity event, because she wanted to remain anonymous. Instead, her parents replaced the check with cash and told her to keep the check. The letter and the check are now for sale for $20,000.

Mr. Reagan, the 40th president of the United States, transformed the Republican Party and significantly defined the terms of modern political debate during his two terms in office.

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