That's (boots reversed in stirrups)been a thing since at least JFK. The Riderless Horse.
Ya but how many in the younger generations have ever seen it?
For me, it was especially poignant because of the image Reagan projected of a bygone era.
Our young sons asked why the boots where that way and why someone wasn't wearing them. It was a powerful teachable moment about who we are as a nation and the historical meaning of that tradition and one of many final impressionable moments during that funeral. His burial at almost sunset left my eyes drowning for the very first president I ever voted for.
Glad to see that clarification made. The boot backwards in the stirrup may me even older than JFK. Im honestly thinking Lincoln, whose funeral model is exactly what Jacqueline Kennedy requested.
Also, I understand a new president, immediately as is practical, upon taking office is charged with submitting a personalized funeral plan of action.
Yes, you are right. Jackie said she wanted to know all about Lincoln’s funeral. He also had the riderless horse with boots reversed.
There was even a similar event ceremony utilizing the symbolism for George Washington.
Here’s an interesting link about the tradition and other times it has been used.
The Riderless Horse in American Presidents’ Funerals
At the end of the 18th century in the United States, with the death of America’s first president, a new role emerged: the riderless horse representing the mount of a fallen leader...snip
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and those were Reagan’s boots in the stirrups.