Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
State to Host Ceremony in Remembrance of the Late President Gerald R. Ford

Press Release Date:  Monday, December 31, 2007  
Contact Information:  Jodi Whitaker

FRANKFORT, Ky. ­ State employees, members of the Kentucky General Assembly and visitors to the Capitol wishing to pay their respects to former President Gerald R. Ford will have an opportunity to do so Tuesday during a ceremony in the Rotunda.

A prayer service in remembrance of President Ford will take place at 1:30 p.m.

At 4:30 p.m., Governor Ernie Fletcher and University of Louisville President Dr. James Ramsey will lead a remembrance gathering in Miami during a U of L reception at the FedEx Orange Bowl.

“President Gerald R. Ford provided selfless leadership during a critical period in America’s political and national history,” said Governor Fletcher. “The value of that leadership is only now beginning to be fully appreciated by the American people.  While his death is a great loss for our nation, his life remains a great treasure for our heritage.”

In honor of President Ford’s life and service, and consistent with President George W. Bush’s National Day of Mourning declaration, the Governor will execute an order declaring Tuesday a Day of Remembrance in Kentucky.

State offices will remain open on Tuesday, as the Kentucky General Assembly is required to assemble January 2 for the first day of the 2007 Legislative Session.

Those unable to attend the ceremony can stop by the Rotunda through Wednesday to sign a book of condolences. The book will be sent to the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids, Michigan.