Governor Granholm Statement on Passing of President Gerald R. Ford

Contact: Heidi Watson 517-335-6397

December 27, 2006

Flags ordered at half-staff on state office buildings

Governor Jennifer M. Granholm issued the following statement on the passing of President Gerald R. Ford:

"The nation has lost a president, but Michigan has lost a native son who honored us with his service to our state and the nation.  President Ford's leadership and decency were exhibited throughout his life, from the University of Michigan where he was a championship athlete, to the halls of Congress where he served with great distinction, and later to the presidency where he helped heal the nation during one of the most difficult periods of our history.  Those of us in the Great Lakes State mourn his loss, and we extend our heartfelt sympathy to Mrs. Ford, his children, and his entire family."

Granholm is directing that the United States flags be flown at half-staff at all state buildings and facilities throughout the state of Michigan for 30 days, through Thursday, January 25, 2007, as a mark of respect for President Ford.

Granholm is directing flags at half-staff to comply with federal law that governs the position and display of the flag.  Section 7 of Title 4 of the United States Code provides that, "The flag shall be flown at half-staff for 30 days from the death of the President or a former President."  Because this provision of the flag law is not limited to federal facilities or governmental buildings, Michigan residents and non-governmental entities are also encouraged to observe federal law regarding the display of the United States flag.

When flown at half-staff, the United States flag should be hoisted first to the peak for an instant and then lowered to the position one-half the distance between the top and bottom of the staff.  The flag should again be raised to the peak before it is lowered for the day.  It is the universal custom to display the flag from sunrise to sunset.  However, the flag may be displayed 24 hours a day if properly illuminated during the hours of darkness.

Further details on Michigan services for President Ford are pending and will be announced at a later time.

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