Governor orders flags lowered in honor of President Bush

By on December 1, 2018

President Bush outside the White House during his term. (Photo courtesy George H.W. Bush Presidential Library Foundation.)

Gov. Roy Cooper has ordered all U.S. and North Carolina flags lowered to half-staff in honor of President George H.W. Bush, who died Friday night at his home in Houston. He was 94.

Bush was a World War II hero, congressman, U.N. ambassador and vice president to Ronald Reagan. He served as the nation’s 41st president, from 1989 to 1993, losing a re-election bid to Bill Clinton.

“President George H.W. Bush was a true statesman dedicated to serving the country he loved and leading the charge for a more compassionate and united world,” Cooper said in a statement. “We are grateful for his commitment to patriotism and public service. May his legacy inspire all of us to work toward a kinder and gentler nation, and may our thoughts and prayers bring comfort to his family.”

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Flags will remain lowered until sunset on Dec. 31.

Bush is only the second president to have a son also elected commander-in-chief, following presidents John Adams and John Quincy Adams. President George W. Bush served two terms, from 2001 to 2009.

George Bush issued a statement Friday night, calling his father a man of “highest character.”

“Jeb, Neil, Marvin, Doro, and I are saddened to announce that after 94 remarkable years, our dear Dad has died,” Bush wrote. “George H. W. Bush was a man of the highest character and the best dad a son or daughter could ask for. The entire Bush family is deeply grateful for 41’s life and love, for the compassion of those who have cared and prayed for Dad, and for the condolences of our friends and fellow citizens.”

Bush’s death comes about eight months after Barbara Bush, his wife of 73 years, passed away in April.

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