Nixon Foundation President Ron Walker has issued the following statement on the passing of General Alexander Haig.
Al Haig was a hero in war and in peace. He demonstrated intelligence, grace, and loyalty under pressure, and the nation and the world are in his debt. All his friends at the Richard Nixon Foundation will miss and remember him, and our thoughts and prayers are with Pat and his family at this sad time.
Al Haig devoted his life to public service, beginning his Army career as an aide to General Douglas MacArthur. He went on to directly serve four Presidents including President Nixon, first as Chief Military Assistant to Dr. Kissinger then as White House Chief-of-Staff.
In 1972, he accompanied President Nixon to China and helped negotiate the cease-fire in Vietnam. In 1981, President Reagan appointed him the 59th Secretary of State.
The Haig hamily has asked that we inform the General’s friends from the Nixon years of the funeral services at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception at 400 Michigan Ave. NE, Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, March 2 at 10:00 am.
Following the service, Haig will be buried with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery.
A public viewing will take place from 2pm to 9pm on Monday, March 1, at Joseph Gawler’s Sons funeral home at 5131 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.