Skip to comments.Presidential Proclamation and Executive Order - Announcing the Death of Ronald Reagan
Posted on 06/06/2004 5:53:21 PM PDT by HAL9000
TO THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES:
It is my sad duty to announce officially the death of Ronald Reagan, the fortieth President of the United States, on June 5, 2004.
We are blessed to live in a Nation, and a world, that have been shaped by the will, the leadership, and the vision of Ronald Reagan.
With an unshakable faith in the values of our country and the character of our people, Ronald Reagan renewed America's confidence and restored our Nation. His optimism, strength, and humility epitomized the American spirit. He always told us that for America the best was yet to come.
Ronald Reagan believed that God takes the side of justice and that America has a special calling to oppose tyranny and defend freedom. Through his courage and determination, he enhanced America's security and advanced the spread of peace, liberty, and democracy to millions of people who had lived in darkness and oppression. As America's President, Ronald Reagan helped change the world.
President Reagan has left us, but he has left us stronger and better. We take comfort in the knowledge that he has left us for a better place, the shining city that awaits him.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, GEORGE W. BUSH, President of the United States of America, by the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United States, in honor and tribute to the memory of Ronald Reagan, and as an expression of public sorrow, do hereby direct that the flag of the United States be displayed at half-staff at the White House and on all buildings, grounds, and Naval vessels of the United States for a period of 30 days from the day of his death. I also direct that for the same length of time, the representatives of the United States in foreign countries shall make similar arrange-ments for the display of the flag at half-staff over their Embassies, Legations, and other facilities abroad, including all military facilities and stations.
I hereby order that suitable honors be rendered by units of the Armed Forces under orders of the Secretary of Defense.
I do further appoint Friday, June 11, 2004, as a National Day of Mourning throughout the United States. I call on the American people to assemble on that day in their respective places of worship, there to pay homage to the memory of President Reagan. I invite the people of the world who share our grief to join us in this solemn observance.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this sixth day of June, in the year of our Lord two thousand four, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and twenty-eighth.
GEORGE W. BUSH
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Executive Order Providing for the Closing of Government Departments and Agencies on June 11, 2004
By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows:
Section 1. All executive departments, independent establishments, and other governmental agencies shall be closed on June 11, 2004, as a mark of respect for Ronald Reagan, the fortieth President of the United States. That day shall be considered as falling within the scope of Executive Order 11582 of February 11, 1971, and of 5 U.S.C. 5546 and 6103(b) and other similar statutes insofar as they relate to the pay and leave of employees of the United States.
Sec. 2. The first sentence of section 1 of this order shall not apply to those offices and installations, or parts thereof, in the Department of State, the Department of Defense, the Department of Justice, the Department of Homeland Security, or other departments, independent establishments, and governmental agencies that the heads thereof determine should remain open for reasons of national security or defense or other essential public business.
GEORGE W. BUSH
THE WHITE HOUSE,
June 6, 2004.
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Words no one will ever knowingly utter with respect to one William Jefferson Clinton, Esq.
Go with G-d, President Reagan: Greatest President In U.S. History.
Thank you, Mr. President, for those words...spoken of a great American president BY a great American President.
Our family flies 3x5 foot flag every day on a short pole attached to our home. How do we fly the flag in a way to show respect for the loss of President Reagan?
Outstanding call GW.
6. When the flag of the United States is displayed from a staff projecting horizontally or at an angle from the window sill, balcony, or front of a building, the union of the flag should be placed at the peak of the staff unless the flag is at half-staff.
So, we would simply lower and reattach the flag on the staff even though we do not have a lanyard or rope to raise and lower the flag?
that would be X esq. for the disbared pos
That is the way I read it. No matter what you do, please display the flag. Nobody will condemn you (I hope).
Once, when asked what he would do if somebody was displaying the flag wrong, a vet said " I would feel good that he was flying the flag".
Thanks. We will try to do a fitting tribute.
I was in need of a new tagline.
... and I heartily approve! :)
I have the same problem but I read that you tie black ribbon to the top of the staff and just let it hang down. That's what I'm doing.
For flags that can not be displayed at half-staff (such as a house or porch set) attach a black streamer to the spearhead (top) of the pole allowing the streamer to fall naturally.
A flag that is mounted on a wall or in a window also can not be displayed at half-staff. A black bow-knot either with or without streamers is placed at the fastening points.
Please remember to raise your flag to it's normal position prior to lowering and securing it at half staff.
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