Vīķe-Freiberga to attend Reagan funeral

Latvian President Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga, already visiting Canada and the United States, is expected to be among world leaders and dignitaries attending the state funeral of former U.S. President Ronald Reagan on June 11, the Latvian president’s press office has announced.

Reagan died June 5 at the age of 93. He was the 40th president of the United States.

In a letter to President George Bush, Vīķe-Freiberga said Latvia will always remember Reagan as a courageous fighter for freedom and justice. “We remember his unique role in ending the Cold War,” she wrote, “and in liquidating the Iron Curtain, which brought about the fall of the Berlin wall and the collapse of the Soviet empire.”

In Rīga, a book of condolences was opened June 7 at the U.S. Embassy and will be available for signing through June 11, according to the embassy’s Web site. The consular section of the embassy will be closed June 11 in observance of the national day of mourning in the United States.

Andris Straumanis is a special correspondent for and a co-founder of Latvians Online. From 2000–2012 he was editor of the website.

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