|FSM Flag at half-mast at the FSM Office of the President|
FSMIS (October 17, 2013): Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) President Manny Mori proclaimed a 3-day period of national mourning in honor of the late Honorable Joseph Ayin beginning on October 16, 2013.
The late Honorable Joseph Ayin was born on March 12, 1932 in Leng Village of Gagil Municipality in the State of Yap. He began his political career in his home State in 1963 when he became a member of the Yap Island Legislature. From the early days of his public service career, he rose to prominence by holding positions including the speakership of what was a District Legislature. He maintained this highest legislative role through the era of the Yap State Charter from 1980 to 1982.
When Yap State assembled a Constitutional Convention in 1982, late Honorable Ayin served as the President of the Convention and subsequently assumed the speakership of the First, Second and Third Legislature for the State of Yap, under a State Constitution. He retired in 1994.
The late Honorable Joseph Ayin passed away on September 26, 2013 in Sacramento, California. He had over forty years of dedicated public service.
The Presidential Proclamation partly reads, “this Proclamation carries the heartfelt condolences of the people of the entire Nation to the family, relatives and friends of the late Honorable Joseph Ayin, as we all join them in bereaving the loss of our countryman”.
During the national mourning period, the FSM National Flag will be displayed at half-mast “in honor of the departed leader”.