Colorado senators want to rename Vail post office for Ford |

Colorado senators want to rename Vail post office for Ford

WASHINGTON (AP) ” Colorado’s senators are hoping to memorialize the mutual affection between President Ford and Vail, Colo., by renaming the town’s post office for the late chief executive.

The two lawmakers introduced a bill Monday that would make the change. Rep. Mark Udall, D-Colo., introduced similar legislation in the House last week.

Ford died on Dec. 26 at age 93. The former president and skiing fan developed a love for the Vail Valley when he vacationed there for Christmas in the 1960s, and he visited regularly for years after. Ford made Vail his Western White House, and town leaders dubbed him their “First Citizen.” Ford established a home there after he left office.

Colorado’s Republican Sen. Wayne Allard pushed for the name change in a speech Monday on the Senate floor.

“In Vail, like many other communities, President Ford was regarded as tremendous asset and a man who treated everyone as an equal,” Allard said.

“Several residents remarked that one would never know he was a former president. As a lasting tribute to this tremendous man, I cannot think of a more appropriate honor than to have Vail’s post office bear the name of Gerald R. Ford Jr.,” Allard said.

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