Today was a national day of mourning for former President George Herbert Walker Bush, who passed away on November 30th at the age of 94. Bush had served as President of the United States for one term- 1989 to 1993.
A memorial service was held in Washington and in attendance were Bush's family and friends as well as several politicians including former President Barack Obama, former Vice-President Joe Biden, former President Bill Clinton, and Hillary Clinton. This gave some news outlets fodder for gossip- Hillary Clinton supposedly didn't acknowledge Donald Trump's presence, George W. Bush gave Michelle Obama a piece of candy, such and such was talking to so and so, etc.
Bush's son, former President George W. Bush, gave a heart-felt and tearful eulogy, memorializing his father as a patriot and an active, devoted father. He spoke about his father's love for boating and performing daring acts, even into old age. He also discussed his father's military service- the elder Bush served in the Navy during World War II and received several commendations and medals during his service, including The Flying Cross. Bush had been married for over 70 years to Barbara Bush, who passed away several months ago. Through the course of their marriage, they had six children, one of whom passed away from leukemia as a small child.
Today, in honor of former President George H. W. Bush, many businesses and federal offices were closed. Google even darkened its normally colorful logo to mark Bush's passing.
Of course, as with most politicians, not everyone remembered Bush with fondness. Some people pointed out how his presidency had hurt certain groups and a few news outlets detailed some of the former President's less than glowing actions while in office. (Perhaps for a complete understanding of George H. W. Bush, we should read both articles of praise and criticism. David Greenberg wrote an interesting piece in Politico entitled "Is History Being Too Kind to George H. W. Bush?" which could be a good read to temper the other, more favorable commentary and to provide a more accurate picture of the Bush years.)
At any rate, political commentary aside, Bush has had a profound impact on the United States and today, was memorialized with a sincerity that I think we would all hope for upon our passing.
George H.W. Bush lies in repose at St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Houston where mourners can gather to pay their respects. If you are going to go, it is advisable to look out for directives and updates to make sure you have appropriate parking details, information on what you can and cannot bring with you, etc.