State funeral

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Ronald Reagan, 40th President of the United States, lying in state in the United States Capitol Rotunda as spectators and mourners file past his flag draped casket on June 10, 2004.

A state funeral is a public funeral ceremony which is made for people who died that were very important in their country. Usually with a state funeral, there also comes a day where everyone mourns the person who died.

Often, state funerals are given to Presidents, Prime Ministers, Dictators, Governors, Mayors, Senators, Vice Presidents, or Military people of any position.

State funerals have been granted to many famous people such as Ronald Reagan, Nelson Mandela, John F. Kennedy, José Alencar, John Atta Mills, Ariel Sharon, Edmund Hillary, Winston Churchill, Boris Yeltsin, Robert F. Kennedy, Lech Kaczyński, Néstor Kirchner, Adolfo Suárez, Lyndon B. Johnson, Norodom Sihanouk, Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Kim Jong-il, Pierre Trudeau, Joseph Stalin, Gerald Ford, Eva Perón, Hugo Chávez, Jack Layton, Pope John Paul II, Victor Hugo, Bob Marley, Meles Zenawi, Harold Washington, Walter Sisulu, Jesse Robredo, Carlos Fuentes, Margaret Thatcher, Mother Teresa, Indira Gandhi, Rasputin, Leonid Brezhnev, Václav Havel, and Gandhi.

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