|Flags at FSM Capitol at half-mast on January 24|
FSMIS (January 24, 2014): Federated State of Micronesia President Manny Mori proclaimed on January 22 that a three consecutive days mourning period from January 24 to January 26 will be observed in honor of the late Ritis K. Heldart, Lieutenant Governor of the State of Chuuk.
The late Honorable Ritis K. Heldart was called to his eternal rest on January 4, 2014, in the United States where he was on medical referral.
Among a number of civil duties, the late Honorable Heldart was elected a delegate to the FSM Constitutional Convention in 1990 representing Chuuk State. He later became the Vice Consul General at the FSM Consulate Office in the Territory of Guam. He recently became the Lieutenant Governor of Chuuk State in 2011.
"...the late Honorable Ritis Ko Heldart had over thirty years of dedicated public service and has earned the respect of the leaders and people of Chuuk. He is affectionately remembered as a notable leader and public official."
"...this Proclamation carries the heartfelt condolences of the people of the entire Nation to the family, relatives and friends of the late Honorable Ritis K. Heldart, as we all join them in bereaving the loss of our countryman."
The FSM Congress adopted Resolution No. 18-109 on January 22, "expressing the sadness and condolences of the Eighteenth Congress of the Federated States of Micronesia", introduced by the Chuuk Delegation.
A state of mourning in Chuuk, declared by Governor Johnson Elimo, has been in effect since January 4.
The remain of the departed Honorable is expected to be received in Chuuk on January 24.