President Gerald Ford and Secretary of State Dr. Henry Kissinger on Wednesday (21 August) paid?
President Gerald Ford and Secretary of State Dr. Henry Kissinger on Wednesday (21 August) paid tribute to Ambassador Roger Davies -- killed in an anti-American demonstration in Nicosia on Monday.
President Ford and Dr. Kissinger led mourners at Andrews Air Force base in Washington where the plane carrying Ambassador Davies' body landed. Also there were the Defence Secretary, James Schlesinger and other senior government officials.
The presidential aircraft carried Mr. Davies' two children, Ann, aged 20 and John, aged 15, who were picked up in beirut. The two were orphaned when mr. Davies died on 19 August. Their mother died last year of cancer.
Dr. Kissinger, his voice breaking, said he was awarding the highest honour of the Department of State to Mr. Davies.
President Ford eulogised the fallen diplomat as a "patriot", before presenting the Davies children with the blue and gold ambassadorial flag which hung in Mr. Davies office in Nicosia.
Mr. Davies' body was to be flown on to California for burial. The Davies children were accompanied by Mr. Davies' brother, close family friends and Mr. Davies' pastor, the Reverend John Rivers.
The body of United States Ambassador Roger Davies -- killed in Nicosia on Monday -- was flown to Andrews Air Force base in Washington on Wednesday. Secretary of State, Dr. Kissinger paid tribute to the fallen diplomat.
President Gerald Ford also eulogised Mr. Davies as a patriot.
Mr. Davies' two children, Ann, aged twenty and John, aged fifteen, had been picked up in Beirut. Their mcther died last year of cancer.