President George H. W. Bush, our 41st president, died this past Friday, November 30th.
Our condolences go his family and all those whose lives he touched.
From the President Proclamation Announcing the Death of George H.W. Bush
"I do further appoint December 5, 2018, as a National Day of Mourning throughout the United States. I call on the American people to assemble on that day in their respective places of worship, there to pay homage to the memory of President George H.W. Bush. I invite the people of the world who share our grief to join us in this solemn observance."
From his obituary
"In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the George Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University at http://bush.tamu.edu
. Individuals who wish to honor President Bush by dedicating a day to serving others may find guidance and local opportunities at www.pointsoflight.org
From the U.S. Department of Defense
, Statement by Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis:
"We will miss him, but at the going down of the day, his example will long guide our Sailors, Soldiers, Airmen and Marines for how to live life without regret.”
From VAntage Point: #Veteran of the Day Navy Veteran George Herbert Walker Bush
"In 1944, his TBM Avenger aircraft was hit by Japanese fire. Despite the severity of the damage, Bush was able to drop the aircraft’s bombs on the target before flying out over water and ejecting with his fellow crew members. After safely parachuting into the water, Bush was later found by an American submarine, the USS Finback. Serving as a lookout with other rescued pilots, he spent 30 days at sea with the Finback’s crew. Bush flew 58 combat missions and is credited with 126 carrier landings and more 1,200 flight hours."
From the CIA
"As one important goal of his directorship, Bush sought to improve relations between the Agency and Capitol Hill. Being a former member of the House of Representatives, Bush had the ideal background for reconciling the hostility between the two organizations. One clever strategy he employed was arranging a series of dinners at his home, which were attended by CIA officers and Senator Church."
From the George H. W. Bush Presidential Library Center
"More important the history's verdict to George Bush was a timeless legacy of values he inherited from his parents. Not the kind of values that find their ultimate expression in the fleeting approval of electoral politics or comfort of material wealth, but rather in the quiet, enduring strength of family, faith, and friends. He was abundantly blessed with all three, and to have had the chance to serve in so many ways the Nation he loved so well."