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Alyson McCarthy, Reporter

Las Vegas' Silent Tribute to Ronald Reagan

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(Jun. 11) -- Las Vegas came together to remember the former president. Mayor Oscar Goodman hosted a ceremony on the front steps of City Hall Friday morning and a number of people came to honor the 40th president.

Those who came to stand in silence together Friday morning say it was something they felt they needed to do -- to honor a man who changed their lives and the face of a nation forever.

More than 100 people turned out on the east steps of City Hall at 9:30 a.m. for a short prayer and moment of silence in memory of former President Ronald Reagan. Then, one by one, each person laid a red, white or blue carnation at the base of a wreath. It was a brief tribute lasting only 20 minutes, but for many who participated it was an emotional experience.

Las Vegans say they were glad our city took the time and realized the importance of organizing a local ceremony for valley residents to pay their final respects to President Reagan.

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Cathedrals and churches all across the nation all rang their bells at the conclusion of the state funeral for the late former president. The bells tolled 40 times in honor of Ronald Reagan's service as our 40th president.

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The Nevada Republican Party also came together this morning to pay tribute to Ronald Reagan. They watched the morning's funeral coverage live from Washington, D.C. together at their West Sahara office. Many of them acknologed the impact the former president made on not just the nation -- but the entire world as well.

Local Republican Patricia Peacock said, "I am so pleased to have been here and so honored to have been living during the time of President Reagan. He was my hero when he lived and I want to follow in his footsteps."

They also offered the public the chance to sign a sympathy card that will be sent to Nancy Reagan.

And tonight, the big, bright lights of Las Vegas will shut off for three minutes to remember Reagan. The tribute is rare. The last time is was done was in remembrance of the people who died in the September 11th terrorist attacks.

The hotels have agreed to turn their lights off at 9 p.m. the lights have been dimmed before for the deaths of people including Sammy Davis Junior, Frank Sinatra and John F. Kennedy.

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