Area pays homage to Ford
Fort Leavenworth The U.S. Postal Service, Kansas state offices, Fort Leavenworth and Leavenworth County District Court are paying honor and respect to former President Gerald R. Ford, who died Dec. 26.
Today, Jan. 2, is the official day of mourning across the country, as declared by President Bush.
Bush issued an executive order to close federal offices and excuse all federal employees from duty that day. Exceptions are those who cannot be excused for reasons of national security, defense or other essential public business. Fort Leavenworth personnel have been advised to check with their chain of command to determine their duty status.
Because of the executive order, U.S. Mail will not be delivered today and post offices in Leavenworth and Lansing will be closed. Gov. Kathleen Sebelius has also declared a day of mourning in Kansas, and state offices will be closed. Kansas Supreme Court Justice Kay McFarland ordered that state courts be closed provided that the chief judge may authorize the conduct of any court proceedings scheduled for that day in the interest of justice, and Leavenworth County District Court offices are closed today.
City offices in Lansing are open.
On the official day of Ford's internment, Wednesday, Jan. 3, a 21-gun salute will be fired beginning at noon at the flagpole in Bell Hall's Abrams Loop. Guns will be fired at one-minute intervals.
An additional gun salute of fifty rounds, one round representing each State in the Union, will be fired at a retreat ceremony at 5 p.m. Wednesday, also at the flag pole in Bell Hall's Abrams Loop. This salute will be fired at five-second intervals immediately following the lowering of the U.S. flag, which is part of the normal retreat ceremony.
U.S. flags on Fort Leavenworth will be flown at half-staff through Jan. 25 to honor Ford.