RP62 – Honoring the memory of the thirty-eighth President of the United States of America, Gerald R. Ford.
GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF TEXAS
December 29, 2006
WHEREAS,the nation lost a humble leader with a gentle spirit this week with the passing of President Gerald R. Ford on Tuesday, December 26, 2006; and
WHEREAS,as president, Gerald R. Ford restored honesty and candor to government, ushering in a new era of national healing in the aftermath of Watergate that thrust him into the presidency during a time of growing economic uncertainty with rising inflation and a looming energy crisis; and
WHEREAS,President Ford led America during an era of difficult foreign policy challenges, including the Soviet Union’s aspirations for world domination and the resolution of the conflict in Vietnam; and
WHEREAS,Gerald R. Ford lived a long life of distinguished public service, serving in the Pacific Theater in the United States Navy during World War II, in the United States House of Representatives during twelve terms from 1949 to 1973, and as minority leader from 1965 to 1973; and
WHEREAS,Gerald R. Ford was an icon not only in politics but as a member of two national championship football teams at the University of Michigan; and
WHEREAS,Gerald R. Ford’s wife, Betty, is an inspiration to millions of Americans who have battled cancer and addiction, showing there is hope in the midst of adversity; and
WHEREAS,in retirement, President Ford used the years following his presidency to urge bipartisan unity on the critical issues facing the country; and
WHEREAS,it seems fitting to publicly set aside a day of mourning so all Texans can reflect on the life and person of Gerald R. Ford;
NOW THEREFORE, I, RICK PERRY, Governor of the State of Texas, by virtue of the power and authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the State of Texas, do hereby issue the following order:
Tuesday, January 2, 2007, shall be recognized as an official Day of Mourning. The people of Texas are encouraged to gather, assemble, and pay their respects to the memory of Gerald R. Ford through appropriate ceremonies in homes, businesses, public buildings, schools, places of worship, or other appropriate places for public expression of grief and remembrance.
To allow state employees to attend such observances, state agencies, offices, and departments shall be closed on that day; except those agencies, offices, and departments that the heads thereof determine should remain open with a sufficient number of employees for reasons of public safety and essential public business pursuant to Sections 662.003, 662.004 and 662.022 of the Texas Government Code.
In addition, and in accordance with a proclamation issued by the President of the United States and by my powers under the Texas Government Code, the flags of the United States of America and of the State of Texas on the State Capitol Building and in the Capitol Complex, at the Governor’s Mansion, and upon all state buildings, grounds, and facilities shall be flown at half-staff for a period of 30 days from the date of his death. I further direct that these flags shall be flown at half-staff for the same length of time at all Texas offices and facilities abroad. Individuals, businesses, municipalities, counties, and other political subdivisions in Texas are encouraged to fly these flags at half-staff for the same length of time as a sign of respect and honor. Flags should be returned to full staff at sunrise or the beginning of the display day on Friday, January 26, 2007.
This executive order supersedes all previous orders on this matter that are in conflict or inconsistent with its terms and this order shall remain in effect and in full force until modified, amended, rescinded, or superseded by me or by a succeeding Governor.
Given under my hand this the 29th day of December, 2006.
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