Remembering Former President George H.W. Bush

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HOUSTON — As Americans remember former President George H.W. Bush, arrangements are being made for his state funeral. 

Around the world, people are mourning the death of former President George H.W. Bush.

Flower wreaths were placed on the gates of the Bush home in Houston on Saturday, the day after he died here at the age of 94. 

At the G-20 Summit in Buenos Aires, President Donald Trump said he spoke to Bush and his brother Jeb Bush.

“And I expressed deepest sympathies .. he was a wonderful man.,” Trump said.

President Bush lived behind these flag-draped gates. Here in Houston, he was more than just a political giant: He was a beloved member of the community who you would see at baseball games, local restaurants and charity events.

Starting Monday evening, Bush will lie in state in the U.S. Capitol rotunda. The public is invited to pay respects through Wednesday, which Trump designated as a day of national mourning.

On Saturday, the U.S. flag began flying at half-staff at the White House.

The capitol and other federal buildings for 30 days. 

Bush served as the 41st president for one term, from 1989 to 1993. 

Decades before entering the Oval Office, Bush led a life of public service, as a World War 2 pilot, running the CIA, as a congressman and vice president under Ronald Reagan.

At his inauguration, Bush spoke of new beginnings as the Cold War was starting to wind down.

“A new breeze is blowing, a nation refreshed by freedom is ready to push on. There is new ground to be broken and new action to be taken,” Bush said.

In 2011, President Barack Obama presented Bush with the Medal of Freedom, the country’s highest civilian honor.

As he is laid to rest, his life and legacy will once again be celebrated.

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