There was a moving tribute to America's 40th president Thursday in Dixon. Hundreds marched along a route President Ronald Reagan often took decades ago from his boyhood church to his Dixon home.
"He was a nice guy. He was charismatic. He looked like he cared about the people. He touched you, made you want to cry," said Rockford resident Paul Langsholt-Gould.
"He was just a regular Joe. Their grandfather ran around with his brother and want our kids to know about that history too," said Dixon resident Mike Lahey.
A ceremony marked by reflection, tears and patriotism celebrated the life of a hometown boy, a Hollywood star, a world leader.
"For me it's not about him being from Illinois. It's about him being a great person and a great president," said Harvard resident Cathy Peschke.
A 21 gun salute capped off the moving ceremony for the 20th century visionary. Many of these men and women never knew Ronald Wilson Reagan personally, but they didn't miss the chance to honor his memory and the impact he's had on this small town and our country.
These people say the memory of Dixon's favorite son will always live on here.