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Former President George H.W. Bush Passes Away at Age 94

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Former president George H.W. Bush passed away on Nov. 30 in his Houston, Texas home at the age of 94. He was the 41st President of the United States and his son, George W. Bush, was the 43rd President.

Bush’s death comes after the death of his wife of 73 years, Barbara Bush, on April 17 at age 92. He is survived by his five children and their spouses, seventeen grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and two siblings.

President Donald Trump declared Dec. 5th, the day of Bush’s funeral, a day of national mourning in honor of the 41st president.

Bush’s funeral was at the Washington National Cathedral. The funeral was attended by the current President Trump and his wife, Melania, as well as all living former presidents. Many foreign dignitaries and heads of state were in attendance, including Britain’s Prince Charles and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Eulogies were given by presidential historian Jon Meacham, former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, former Senator Alan K. Simpson, and his son, former President George W. Bush. CNN reported that Bush became a bit choked up, concluding his remarks with this: “Your decency, sincerity and kind soul will stay with us forever. So through our tears, let us know the blessings of knowing and loving you, a great and noble man. The best father a son or daughter could have.”

After the state funeral, Bush’s casket was flown via presidential aircraft to St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Houston, Texas, where it rested until after another funeral the following morning, where eulogies were given by former Secretary of State James Baker and Bush’s grandson, George P. Bush.

After the funeral, Bush’s casket was brought via the Union Pacific train dubbed the “Bush 4141” to the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library in College Station, Texas. George H.W. Bush was laid to rest there next to his wife, Barbara, and his daughter, Robin, who died as a child.

David J. Phillip

George H.W. Bush was vice president from 1981-89 and president from 1989-93, with a greater concern for foreign than domestic policy. One of the more notable events of his presidency was the signing of a mutual nonaggression pact with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev in Paris of Nov. 1990 as a symbolic conclusion to the Cold War. His popularity increased with the successful Persian Gulf War against Iraq in 1991 but quickly waned with an economic recession from late 1990 to 1992. After retirement, Bush also went on a series of TV ads to raise funds for victims of the Indian Ocean Tsunami in 2004 and Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2011.

As Bush is lain to rest with his beloved wife and daughter, the nation says goodbye to a kind man and reflects on his influence on the world.

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