US mourns Gerald Ford

Six days of national mourning has got under way for the former US president.

    Ford died on Tuesday, aged 93 [AFP]

    Homage

     

    During the service a marine band played the hymn O God Our Help in Ages Past and a sailor honoured Ford's naval service by carrying an ebony staff flying the presidential seal.

     

    The private family service was followed by a visitation for invited friends including George Shultz, the former secretary of state, Jack Kemp, a former congressman, and a former California governor, Pete Wilson. When it ended, Ford's widow left in a motorcade headed back to the Ford home in the neighbouring city of Rancho Mirage.

     

    Later, Ford's widow will board a Boeing 747 and accompany her husband's body across the nation for two services in Washington, DC, and his burial in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on January 3.

     

    Ford died on Tuesday at the age of 93. He became president when Richard Nixon resigned in 1974 amid the Watergate scandal, but was defeated by Jimmy Carter in the 1976 election.

     

    He was a Republican congressman from Michigan when Nixon named him vice-president after Spiro Agnew resigned in 1973.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Learn what India's parties' symbols mean by drawing them

    Learn what India's parties' symbols mean by drawing them

    More than 2,300 political parties have registered for the largest electoral exercise in the world.

    Visualising every Saudi coalition air raid on Yemen

    Visualising every Saudi coalition air raid on Yemen

    Since March 2015, Saudi Arabia and a coalition of Arab states have launched more than 19,278 air raids across Yemen.

    Why did Bush go to war in Iraq?

    Why did Bush go to war in Iraq?

    No, it wasn't because of WMDs, democracy or Iraqi oil. The real reason is much more sinister than that.