Gerald Ford’s career of service to our nation spanned generations, beginning in World War II and continuing through three decades in government. He will, however, be remembered most for his leadership as our President in the difficult months following the Watergate scandal and the Vietnam War. His courageous, if unpopular, decision to pardon President Nixon healed many deep wounds and allowed our nation to move forward.

President Ford is deeply respected and will be remembered fondly by the people of Louisiana, and he, his wife Betty, and their family will remain in our hearts and in our prayers.