January 2, 2007
In response to an executive order filed by President Bush on December 28th, all federal agencies remain closed Tuesday, following the New Year's holiday, for a National Day of Mourning of former President Gerald Ford.
This includes federal courts and post offices, although express mail will still be delivered.
Federal agencies dealing with national security or essential services are the only departments to remain open.
President Bush called on Americans to go to their respective places of worship to mourn for the man many credit with the healing of the nation after the Watergate scandal.
"He was a man of rare integrity," Father David McIlhiney said of his fellow Episcopalian. "I remember well, after Nixon resigned, the sense of relief I felt, and I think the whole nation felt, at Ford's taking over and his assurance that the long national nightmare had ended."
Federal offices will reopen on Wednesday, but flags will remain at half staff for a total of 30 days.
Ford died on December 26th.