Tuesday, June 8, 2004

Lingle offers signing
for Reagan memorial

The governor also orders state
flags at half-staff for 30 days

Public signings for Nancy Reagan

Here are the locations for people wishing to sign the message of condolence, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today and tomorrow:

>> Office of the Governor, state Capitol, Executive Chambers, fifth floor, 415 S. Beretania St.
>> East Hawaii Liaison Office, 75 Aupuni St., Hilo
>> West Hawaii Liaison Office, 75-5722 Kuakini Highway, Kuakini Tower, Suite 215, Kailua-Kona
>> Maui Liaison Office, 2264 Aupuni St. No. 1, Wailuku
>> Kauai Liaison Office, 3060 Eiwa St. No. 106, Lihue

Gov. Linda Lingle will not attend the funeral services either in Washington or California for former President Ronald Reagan, according to her office.

A spokesman said Lingle had previously scheduled meetings that precluded her from going to the funeral.

Lingle's office, however, is preparing a message of condolence that will be available today and tomorrow for the public to sign in offices around the state and at the Governor's Office at the state Capitol.

The signed message will be sent to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Calif.

"President Reagan had a tremendous impact on the people of Hawaii, and this heartfelt message from our residents is one way to remember and honor his legacy and to extend our aloha to Mrs. Reagan and her family," Lingle said.

Lingle ordered flags at state buildings to fly at half-staff for 30 days. Flags will return to full staff on July 5. Although both Flag Day (June 14) and July 4 fall within the 30-day period, flags will remain at half-staff on those days, Lingle's office said.

State Democratic Party Chairman Brickwood Galuteria added words of condolence, saying Reagan gave the country renewed confidence and patriotism.

"As Democrats, Ronald Reagan challenged us to stand foursquare on our commitment to our party's traditional principles and values, and not merely rest on the past laurels reaped from the days of FDR and Harry Truman. In many respects, our Democratic Party of today owes its sense of identity to our willingness back in the 1980s to answer his challenge," Galuteria said.

Office of the Governor


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