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Danforth Calls Reagan 'A Child of Light'

By Matt Sepic, KWMU

St. Louis – The Reverend John Danforth eulogized former President Ronald Reagan Friday as a "child of light."

The former Missouri Senator and Episcopal priest presided over Mr. Reagan's state funeral in Washington.

He said Puritan theologian John Winthrop's idea of America as a shining city on a hill became a central theme of the Reagan presidency.

"The Winthrop message became the Reagan message," Danforth said. "It rang of optimism, and we longed to hear it, especially after the dark years of Vietnam and Watergate."

Danforth also said Reagan had an inner light, and what Reagan asked of America, he also gave of himself.

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