Reagan Services's 'Mansions of the Lord' Friday was a national day of mourning across the U.S., culminating in the removal of President Reagan's casket from the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol building, its transport through Northwest Washington, D.C. to the National Cathedral, and the state funeral service. The service was an event of unparalleled grandeur. All four ex-Presidents and their wives were present, along with President and Laura Bush, members of the Cabinet and U.S. Supreme Court, and many heads of state, including British Prime Minister Tony Blair. There were also quite a few musicians in the cathedral, and they provided a moving accompaniment in music to the funeral service. We take you inside the cathedral during Friday's service for some of that music. First the hymn, "O Love of God, How Strong and True," also known as "Jerusalem," followed by another hymn, "The Mansions of the Lord." The U.S. Armed Forces Chorus and the U.S. Marine Chamber Orchestra perform. Our expanded coverage includes on-demand audio of the music.

Reagan Services's 'Mansions of the Lord'

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Reagan Services's 'Mansions of the Lord'

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Audio: "The Mansions of the Lord"

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At the end of the memorial service for President Ronald Reagan at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., the U.S. Armed Forces Chorus and the U.S. Marine Chamber Orchestra gave a stirring rendition of the song "The Mansions of The Lord."

Audio for this performance -- and for the performance of the hymn "O Love of God, How Strong and True (Jerusalem)," by C. Hubert Parry and sung by the Cathedral Choirs of Men, Boys and Girls during the service -- is above.

"The Mansions of the Lord" was written by Nick Glennie-Smith, with words by Randall Wallace, for the 2002 film We Were Soldiers, starring Mel Gibson. The movie version was by the United States Military Academy Glee Club and Metro Voices and is on the original soundrack.

Below are Randall Wallace's lyrics.

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The Mansions of the Lord

To fallen soldiers let us sing

Where no rockets fly nor bullets wing

Our broken brothers let us bring

To the Mansions of the Lord

No more bleeding, no more fight

No prayers pleading through the night

Just divine embrace, eternal light

To the Mansions of the Lord.

Where no mothers cry and no children weep

We will stand and guard though the angels sleep

Through the ages safely keep

The Mansions of the Lord.