Friday, December 29, 2006

Bush Declares Tues. Jan. 2 Day of Mourning for Ford

Courtesy of Reuters via Yahoo News:

Bush declares January 2 day of mourning for Ford
Thu Dec 28, 5:12 PM ET

CRAWFORD, Texas (Reuters) -

President Bush on Thursday declared January 2 a "National Day of Mourning" for former President Gerald Ford who died this week.

The declaration means that federal offices will be closed on Tuesday.

"I call on the American people to assemble on that day in their respective places of worship, there to pay homage to the memory of President Ford," Bush said in a proclamation.

Ford's body will be flown to Washington on Saturday and his casket will lie in state at the Capitol. A service will be held at the National Cathedral on Tuesday at which Bush will speak, White House spokesman Scott Stanzel said.

Bush will return to Washington on Monday from spending the holiday week at his ranch in Texas and with his wife, Laura, go to the Capitol to pay respects to Ford, Stanzel said.

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Anonymous evan austin said...

Ojai Peace Coalition and American Friends Service Committee Declare Tues. Jan. 2 Day of Mourning for 3,000 U.S. Military Dead and 650,000 Iraqi Dead

The Ojai Peace Coalition invites all concerned citizens to join together on the evening of January 2, 2007 from 5:00-6:30pm at the intersection in front of the Ojai Valley Shopping Center to publicly mourn and honor the many lives taken by the war and occupation on Iraq. We are treating this as a universal human tragedy, and not as a political or partisan statement. However, mourning the deaths implies a desire for no more, which implies a desire to end the war which is taking them. It is my desire that we create a space where political affiliations, nationalities, and voting records mean nothing; where we can come together as humans in a community to mourn the loss of others.

Please bring candles, and dress VERY warmly. We will also wear white (or as light a color as you can manage).

In Peace,
evan austin
Organizer, Ojai Peace Coalition

12/30/2006 9:39 AM  
Blogger Lisa Snider said...

evan, thank you for reminding us there is much to do on January 2.

12/30/2006 10:03 AM  
Anonymous evan austin said...

thank you, Lisa. President Ford's various memorial services are today being overshadowed by James Brown's (at least on CNN), but i'd like to remember that Ford presided over the end of the Vietman War (although in a more coincidental, less active role, as i understand it). As we mourn both his death and the deaths in Iraq on January 2, let's let the common thread be an end to war.

12/30/2006 1:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am trying to find out if this holiday affects schools. Are the schools going to be closed on this day, or will everyone return on this day?

12/30/2006 3:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

as i understand it, it's being considered a Federal Holiday, with federal buildings closed. not sure how/if that affects schools though...

12/30/2006 4:33 PM  

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