WREATH LAID AT TOMB ON REAGAN'S BIRTHDAY.Byline: Alex Dobuzinskis Staff Writer
At a ceremony Sunday at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library
The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Center for Public Affairs , the Gipper was remembered on the first posthumous anniversary of his birthday as a president who treasured freedom.
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Peter Barton Wilson (born August 23, 1933) is an American Republican politician from California. Wilson served as the thirty-sixth Governor of California (1991–1999), the culmination of more than three decades in the public arena that and Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Timothy Donovan, assisted by Marines from Camp Pendleton, placed a wreath on Reagan's grave site as about 200 of Reagan's admirers looked on.
Marines honored the nation's 40th president with a 21-gun salute.
``Ronald Reagan will be remembered by many for having passed on a credo to those who not only enjoy freedom but who understand its price. He captured it very well in three words: peace through strength,'' Wilson said.
``Here on the brow of this lovely hill overlooking this gorgeous valley, he is in peace,'' Wilson said.
Reagan died June 5, 2004, at the age of 93 after a decade-long struggle with Alzheimer's disease Alzheimer's disease (ăls`hī'mərz, ôls–), degenerative disease of nerve cells in the cerebral cortex that leads to atrophy of the brain and senile dementia. . Former first lady Nancy Reagan was too emotional to attend Sunday's event, which included birthday cake served in the library's lobby.
``It's a hard day for me because my husband always loved his birthday,'' the widow told The Associated Press Associated Press: see news agency.
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The audience at Sunday's ceremony at the hilltop library included several children who were not born when Reagan was president. Candace Robles Robles is a common surname in the Spanish language meaning oaks, and may refer to:
``He was always happy, ... and he was a good speaker,'' she said.
Retired teacher Pat Laubacher, 78, of Oxnard remembers a lot about Reagan, especially his ability to joke after surviving an assassination Assassination
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Along with her mother and two daughters, Lisa Holliday, 34, came from Santa Cruz for the ceremony honoring the former Republican president. Holliday said that her daughters are living in a different world from the one she grew up in - a world without an Iron Curtain and without the Berlin Wall.
``(Reagan) brought to Germany what we ... took for granted,'' Holliday said.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.
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(1) Marines place a birthday wreath Sunday in Simi Valley at the tomb of late President Reagan, born Feb. 6, 1911.
(2) Marie Alcantar hugs her son Morgan, 11, during a ceremony Sunday at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library.
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