On Thursday, former President George H.W. Bush's funeral service will take place. This is the last part of the four-day memorial service for the 41st president. His friends and family are gathering in Houston, Texas, to celebrate his life and lay him to rest.
Almost 8 months after he lost his beloved wife, Former President George H.W. Bush passed away on November 30th. The great man left this world at the age of 94 after being hospitalized multiple times in 2018.
Bush was asked if he wanted to go to the hospital, but he said no—he was ready to be with his wife and daughter Robin, who died of leukemia as a child. He passed away at his home in Houston surrounded by his family, including son Neil Bush and his wife Maria, grandson Pierce Bush, and former Secretary of State James Baker.
After his passing, the New York times learned his heartwarming last words. Hours before his death, he spoke to his son former president George W. Bush on speakerphone.
During the conversation, the younger Bush told his H.W. that he had been a "wonderful father."
The former president replied: "I love you, too." Those were his final words before he passed.
George Herbert Walker Bush was born on June 12, 1924, in Milton, Massachusetts. His father, Prescott Bush, was also in politics. In addition to being an investment banker, Prescott Bush was the United State Senator for Connecticut from 1952 to 1963.
Before he got involved in politics, he became a war hero. He flew 58 combat missions in World War II, and he was awarded three Air Medals and the Distinguished Flying Cross. After the war, he completed a degree from Yale University.
He married the love of his life, Barbara Pierce, while still in the Navy. They were wed on January 6, 1945. They have six children: George Walker (b. 1946), Pauline Robinson "Robin" (1949–1953), John Ellis "Jeb" (b. 1953), Neil Mallon (b. 1955), Marvin Pierce (b. 1956), and Dorothy Walker "Doro" (b. 1959). When Barbara passed away on April 17, 2018, she and Bush and been married 73 years, which makes theirs the longest presidential marriage in history.
He successfully entered politics in 1967 when he was elected as the US Representative from Texas' 7th District. After that, he served as the Ambassador to the United Nations, Chairman of the Republican National Committee, and Director of the CIA.
In 1980, he ran for president, but he lost the Republican nomination to Ronald Reagan. Instead, he served as Vice President for Reagan's two terms.
In 1988, he was elected 41st president of the United States with 53.1% of the popular vote and 426 electoral votes. He is the first sitting Vice President since Martin van Buren in 1836 to be elected to the presidency.
He lost the 1994 presidential election to Democrat Bill Clinton. However, he remained active in politics and influenced the future of America as the father of George W. Bush. He is only the second man to be both the president of the United States and father to a president. The other was John Adams, the second president of the United States.
Bush has had a variety of health problems in recent years. He also had vascular parkinsonism, which is a rare syndrome that mimics Parkinson's disease.
Bush laid in state at the US Capitol before a memorial service at the National Cathedral in Washington. This is the second memorial service at St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Houston. He will be laid to rest at the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library in College Station, Texas, alongside his wife and Robin.
Please join us in praying for the Bush family as they deal with their loss. What a beautiful moment to end a remarkable loss.
You can watch the memorial live below: