Another 21-gun salute and a military band played “Hail to the Chief” for George H.W. Bush, America’s 41st president, as his flag-draped casket descend from the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday for the last time to make the journey toward his state funeral.
The former president was eulogized by his son George, the 43rd president, along with former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney; Alan Simpson, a former senator from Wyoming; and Jon Meacham, a historian who wrote “Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush.”
All five living Presidents and the first ladies attended the funeral service.
There are some connections between the 41st President and the Finger Lakes Region.
The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry, a 1975 Hobart College graduate and the 27th Presiding Bishop and Primate of The Episcopal Church, officiated the funeral services of President George H.W. Bush, the Colleges’ community commemorated the late president on campus with flags lowered at half-staff.
During his remembrance of Bush’s life, Curry noted that “through his enduring commitment to public service and his steadfast devotion to his family, he lived the way of Jesus through a life shaped by faith, hope and, above all, love. Through his unswerving service to our country and to the human community around the globe, he embodied the noblest ideals of his faith and his country.”
In 1990, the Hobart lacrosse team travelled to the White House to meet President Bush after winning that year’s national DIII championship. Hobart Assistant Dean David Mapstone ’93, P’21, who played on that team and met Bush that year, will discuss that day with Ted Baker on Finger Lakes News Radio on Thursday, Dec. 5 at 6:50 a.m. The interview will air on 1240 AM and 95.9 FM WGVA, and 1590 AM and 98.1 FM WAUB.
In the 1980’s, before he was President , George W. Bush visited Seneca County and was the featured speaker at the Seneca County Republican Party dinner at the then Seneca Falls-Waterloo Holiday Inn.