Maine proclamation honors Ford


Gov. John Baldacci’s proclamation marking Gerald Ford Remembrance Day:

WHEREAS, former President Gerald Ford, who passed away on Tuesday, December 26, 2006, assumed the Presidency during extraordinary circumstances and unprecedented times; and

WHEREAS, Gerald Ford had a well-known reputation for integrity and openness throughout his life; and

WHEREAS, with a deep and abiding faith in this country, Gerald Ford exemplified true patriotism by serving his country for nearly 30 years in public office, and as a lieutenant commander in World War II; and

WHEREAS, Gerald and Betty Ford were able to balance a full home-life including their four children with a hectic political schedule; and

WHEREAS, Gerald Ford won the admiration and respect of the people while he lived, and his memory will live on in our hearts forever; and

WHEREAS, the State of Maine commemorates the life and legacy of President Gerald Ford,

NOW, THEREFORE, I, JOHN E. BALDACCI, Governor of the State of Maine, do hereby proclaim January 2, 2007 as Gerald Ford Remembrance Day throughout the State of Maine, and urge all citizens to recognize this observance.