January 3rd, 2007


"God Rest Ye, Gerald R. Ford"

Reflections On Ceremony

When speculating to myself in the weeks before Christmas as to what I would do or try to accomplish during Break and especially the first week of January 2007, little did we know that we were do to land in the middle of a Historical Moment. The passing of Gerald R. Ford, the 38th President of these United States, just in the waning days of 2006, and the after New Year's national state funeral and final ceremonies in Grand Rapids MI -- it's not like it was totally unexpected. Ford was 93 and from news reports, his health had been deteriorating in the past year.

But I have to say this:

That these solemn events and remembrances happened at the end of 2006 and the beginning of 2007, and at the cusp of the change of rule in the United States Congress and changes going on at the White House -- well, it couldn't have happened at a better time both for a fitting memorial for the man or a reminder, perhaps even a rebuke or at least a warning, to some of those in charge of the government today.

A Personal View

Ford was president while I was in high school and the first year of college. He was, I believed at the time and have come to believe even stronger today, the best man at the right time to take away the bad taste of Richard Nixon and his machinations of office. And yet, his 29 months in office was probably sufficient.

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My heart goes out to the Ford family, who have not only had to contend with the ordeal of having all this happen in such a public, national manner, but who have conducted themselves with true class. The Ford children have appeared at both the lying in state at the Capitol in Washington and the lying in repose at the Ford Museum, to personally thank some of the thousands who have come to pay their respects.

Grand Rapids turns out to be a good place to "raise 'em right."

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