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Gov. Whitmer Orders Flags to Full-Staff


April 27, 2021   



Gov. Whitmer Orders Flags to Full-Staff  


LANSING, Mich. - Governor Gretchen Whitmer, in accordance with a proclamation issued by President Biden, has ordered U.S. and Michigan flags within the State Capitol Complex and upon all public buildings and grounds across the state of Michigan to immediately return to full-staff. Flags had been lowered to remember former Vice President Walter Mondale who passed away on Monday, April 19.  


Walter Mondale was born on January 5, 1928 in Ceylon, Minnesota. He graduated from the University of Minnesota, and served in the U.S. Army where he achieved the rank of corporal. Walter Mondale was a lifelong public servant, serving as Attorney General of Minnesota from 1960 to 1964, U.S. Senator from 1964 to 1976, and as U.S. Ambassador to Japan from 1993 to 1996.  


He was the 42nd Vice President of the United States from 1977 to 1981, serving alongside President Jimmy Carter. He ran for president in 1984, where he selected Geraldine Ferraro as his running-mate, making her the first woman nominated for vice president by a major political party.  


He married Joan Adams in 1955 and had three children, Ted, Eleanor, and William.