Remembering a President

On Dec. 26, 2006, Betty Ford released in a written statement the “difficult news that Gerald Ford, our beloved husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather, has passed away at 93 years of age.” In the days that followed, the family — and the nation — would mourn and remember the 38th president of the United States, the longest living and the only one not to be elected to the presidency or the vice presidency. The personal choices and traditional ceremonies that compose the final farewell to an American President are presented in this guide through a sampling of Washington Post coverage of the state funeral, timeline and photographs. The impact of Gerald Ford, the individual who held the office, is reflected in columns and letters to the editor. Activities are suggested and additional resources are provided. 

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