Flags are flying at half staff around the nation, in Michigan and at the state capital in Lansing where Gerald Ford never even worked. He was elected directly into the US House in 1949 without ever having served at the state level.
The 24 year congressman from Grand Rapids was remembered by bunting draped over his portrait at the state capital.
Governor Jennifer Granholm released a statement saying, "The nation has lost a president, but Michigan has lost a native son who honored us with his service to our state and the nation.
"President Ford's leadership and decency were exhibited throughout his life, from the University of Michigan where he was a championship athlete, to the halls of Congress where he served with great distinction, and later to the presidency where he helped heal the nation during on of the most difficult periods of our history.
"Those of us in the Great Lakes State mourn his loss, and we extend our heartfelt sympathy to Mrs. Ford, his children, and this entire family."
Flags will fly at half staff for 30 days nationwide, in accordance with federal law. In addition to all government and federal buildings, private citizens are being encouraged to observe the gesture with their garage and front porch flags as well.
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