Remembering Reagan

Nancy Reagan stands near the first Ronald Reagan stamp in 2004.

Nancy Reagan enthusiastically supported efforts to honor her husband — including the Ronald Reagan stamps issued by the Postal Service.

The former first lady, who died this week at 94, helped the Postal Service unveil the image of its first Reagan stamp, a 37-cent commemorative, in 2004.

When the curtain fell away from the oversized portrait, Mrs. Reagan smiled widely, nodded and applauded, according to press reports at the time.

“If he were here today I know that Ronnie would be very touched,” she said. “He considered it an honor of a lifetime to be president. And I know he would say, ‘Now don’t make such a fuss.’”

Mrs. Reagan also participated in an event for the 2011 Ronald Reagan Forever Stamp, affectionately touching a giant image of the stamp when it was unveiled.

The former first lady, who underwent a mastectomy during her husband’s second term, also participated in the unveiling of the Breast Cancer Research stamp in 1996.