Gov. Perry Declares Tuesday, January 2, a Day of Mourning for President Ford
Most State Offices will be closed; flags will fly at half staff for 30 days
Gov. Rick Perry is declaring Tuesday, January 2, an official day of mourning in remembrance of President Gerald R. Ford.
"President Ford was a humble leader with a gentle spirit who restored honesty and candor to government during turbulent times," Perry said. "It seems fitting to publicly set aside a day of mourning so all Texans can reflect on the life and person of Gerald Ford."
The governor's executive order encourages Texans to pay their respects through appropriate ceremonies in homes, businesses, public buildings, schools, places of worship or other suitable places for public expression of grief and remembrance.
To allow state employees to attend such observances, Perry is directing state agencies, offices and departments to close on Tuesday - 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.
On Wednesday, Perry directed all flags to be flown at half-staff for 30 days in honor of President Ford.
The governor's directive applies to all U.S. and state flags under the control of the state. Flags will be at half-staff on the state Capitol Building and on flag displays in the Capitol Complex, and upon all public buildings, grounds, and facilities throughout the state until sunrise on Friday, January 26. Individuals, businesses, municipalities, counties, and other political subdivisions are encouraged to fly the flag at half-staff for the same length of time as a sign of respect.