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Monday, December 03, 2018

President George H.W. Bush dead at 94
Former President George H.W. Bush died Friday night at the age of 94. An arrival ceremony involving both the House and Senate will be held at 4:45 p.m. on Monday at the US Capitol, where Bush will lie in state in the rotunda until Wednesday morning. The public can pay their respects to the 41st president from 7:30 p.m. Monday till 8:45 a.m. Wednesday. On Wednesday, family and friends will gather at the National Cathedral, for an 11 a.m. memorial service. President Donald Trump has designated Wednesday as a national day of mourning, the White House said. The interment will be at 5:15 p.m. ET at the George Bush Presidential Library & Museum. In lieu of flowers, the Bush family has requested that donations be made to the George Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University. In addition, to honor the former president, the international nonprofit Points of Light, founded by Bush, has invited the public to celebrate Bush by giving a day of service in his memory. US Sen. Lamar Alexander, of Tennessee who served as education secretary in the early nineties, said the president “may have been the only person ever elected President of the United States primarily by being nice. His presidency is increasingly admired for his courage and restraint: for unifying Germany, for making hard decisions that balanced the budget, and for challenging aggression in Kuwait with decisive but measured military action.” Fellow US Senator from Tennessee, Bob Corker, observed that, “Bush’s life was defined by service to the country he loved, and he leaves behind a remarkable legacy. His selfless service and devotion to family set an important example, not only during his time in elected office but long afterward of what it really means to lead. His character and decency were unparalleled, especially in the way he befriended political foes, reminding Americans that there is always more that unites us than divides us.” First District Representative Phil Roe said he was saddened to hear of the passing of President Bush. “ He served bravely during World War II as a Navy pilot and was a true American hero. Beyond his service to country was his commitment to his family. He raised his children to be strong, committed leaders like himself and loved his wife Barbara until his last breath. And while we mourn the loss of this great man, I take solace in the fact that he is now reunited with his beloved wife."

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