President Gerald Ford and Secretary of State Dr. Henry Kissinger on Wednesday (21 August) paid?
GV Ambassador Davies' children exit aircraft.
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GV Ford presents flag to Ambassador Davies' children.
KISSINGER: "I am today awarding to Ambassador Davies, the highest award of the Department of State...the Secretary's Award. The citation reads as follows: 'For inspiring leadership, outstanding courage, dedication to duty for which he gave his life in Nicosia on 19 August, 1974'. Ambassaodr Davies was beloved, admired, end respected by his colleagues. He was a professional, in the fullest and best sense of the word".
FORD: "Some serve in uniform some serve in other capacities. The loss of life in either case means as much to America, and therefore its appropriate on this occasion that we pay a very special tribute to a great ambassador, highly respected by his friends, a person who gave his whole life to the career that he sought. So I say it's an honour on this occasion for me to present on behalf of all Americans, a flag....the ambassador's flag, which your father as my personal representative in the service of his country brought such great distinction."
AMBASSADOR DAVIES' CHILDREN AND BROTHER EXIT AIRCRAFT AT AND???EWS AIR FORCE BASE: DR. HENRY KISSINGER SPEAKS: PRESIDENT FORD SPEAKS AND PRESENTS FLAG AND MEDAL TO MR. DAVIES' CHILDREN.
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Background: 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.