Press Release, White House
It is my sorrowful duty to announce officially the death of George Herbert Walker Bush, the forty-first President of the United States, on November 30, 2018.
President Bush led a great American life, one that combined and personified two of our Nation’s greatest virtues: an entrepreneurial spirit and a commitment to public service. Our country will greatly miss his inspiring example.
On the day he turned 18, 6 months after the attack on Pearl Harbor, George H.W. Bush volunteered for combat duty in the Second World War. The youngest aviator in United States naval history at the time, he flew 58 combat missions, including one in which, after taking enemy fire, he parachuted from his burning plane into the Pacific Ocean. After the war, he returned home and started a business. In his words, “the big thing” he learned from this endeavor was “the satisfaction of creating jobs.”
The same unselfish spirit that motivated his business pursuits later inspired him to resume the public service he began as a young man. First, as a member of Congress, then as Ambassador to the United Nations, Chief of the United States Liaison Office in China, Director of Central Intelligence, Vice President, and finally President of the United States, George H.W. Bush guided our Nation through the Cold War, to its peaceful and victorious end, and into the decades of prosperity that have followed. Through sound judgment, practical wisdom, and steady leadership, President Bush made safer the second half of a tumultuous and dangerous century.
Even with all he accomplished in service to our Nation, President Bush remained humble. He never believed that government — even when under his own leadership — could be the source of our Nation’s strength or its greatness. America, he rightly told us, is illuminated by “a thousand points of light,” “ethnic, religious, social, business, labor union, neighborhood, regional and other organizations, all of them varied, voluntary and unique” in which Americans serve Americans to build and maintain the greatest Nation on the face of the Earth. President Bush recognized that these communities of people are the true source of America’s strength and vitality.
It is with great sadness that we mark the passing of one of America’s greatest points of light, the death of President George H.W. Bush.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, by the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, in honor and tribute to the memory of President George H.W. Bush, and as an expression of public sorrow, do hereby direct that the flag of the United States be displayed at half-staff at the White House and on all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions for a period of 30 days from the day of his death. I also direct that, for the same length of time, the representatives of the United States in foreign countries shall make similar arrangements for the display of the flag at half staff over their embassies, legations, consular offices, and other facilities abroad, including all military facilities and naval vessels and stations.
I hereby order that suitable honors be rendered by units of the Armed Forces under orders of the Secretary of Defense.
I do further appoint December 5, 2018, as a National Day of Mourning throughout the United States. I call on the American people to assemble on that day in their respective places of worship, there to pay homage to the memory of President George H.W. Bush. I invite the people of the world who share our grief to join us in this solemn observance.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this first day of December, in the year of our Lord two thousand eighteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-third.
DONALD J. TRUMP
Statement from Texas A&M concerning funeral arrangement. More will be published when announced.
George H.W. Bush will be laid to rest on Thursday, December 6, 2018 on the grounds of his presidential library and museum at Texas A&M University, where for more than two decades he continued to encourage, inspire and support the noble idea of public service with integrity.
It was during a series of speaking engagements as a congressman in the 1960s and later during his vice presidency that George Bush developed a deep appreciation for the traditions and values of Aggieland. He admired the prevailing spirit of service that permeates not only the Corps of Cadets, but the broader student body.
In 1991, the 41st President of the United States officially selected Texas A&M University to house the George H.W. Bush Library and Museum and the Bush School of Government and Public Service. After the key elements of the Bush complex were completed in 1997, both he and Mrs. Bush became regular fixtures in College Station hosting a wide range of dignitaries and special events – and attending Bush School classes and Aggie sporting events.
Former President Bush’s legacy lives on not just through the efforts of Bush School students and faculty, but also at the Presidential Library and Museum where permanent and temporary exhibits showcase the 41st president’s lifetime commitment to public service. More than 40 million pages of records are housed there, along with 2 million photographs, 10,000 video recordings, 92,070-plus artifacts, 1,533 gifts from foreign heads-of-state and more than 2,100 hours of audio. The George H.W. Bush Library Foundation, the third component on the 90-acre complex, supports efforts to preserve President Bush’s legacy and belief that public service is a noble calling.