Two-Day State Mourning For Former Governor General Sir Howard Cooke Begins Today

The Prime Minister and Cabinet Members will view the body at 3 p.m. 

The designated period of state mourning will run from this morning through to the end of the interment ceremony for Sir Howard tomorrow at National Heroes Park. 

During the two days of state mourning, the national flag is to be flown at half-mast at all government offices and national buildings from 8 a.m. until sundown. 

Also, no public social or official events or functions should be held. 

Today is also the final day for members of the public to sign the Condolence Books for the late former Governor General which have been opened at King’s House, Mico University, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, the Headquarters of the People’s National Party and the Office of the Prime Minister, Western Region in Montego Bay. 

The books will be opened for signing between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. 

The State Funeral for Sir Howard will take place Friday, August 8 at The Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity, 1 George Headley Drive in Kingston, beginning at 10 o’clock in the morning. 

State Funerals are accorded Governors General, Prime Ministers and National Heroes. 

The last State Funeral in Jamaica was in 2004 for Hugh Lawson Shearer, the country’s third Prime Minister. 

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