Crowds gather to pay final respects to President George H.W. Bush
WASHINGTON (SBG) - People have come from all over the world to pay their final respects to George H.W. Bush. The forty-first President of the United States passed away last week at the age of 94. His body will lie in state in the rotunda at the U.S. Capitol until Wednesday morning. Those who lined up reflected on their experience of seeing the former Commander-in-Chief one final time.
"It's really a somber experience. Everyone is paying their respects. It's very quiet. People are, some people are smiling with happy memories others are crying. It's really moving in there."
Others including Dan Kearney , who traveled from Southern California, says the experience is a great way honoring a man with several decades of public service.
"I think actually in 2018, reflecting on President Bush and what he stood for, what he believed, how he lived his life. This is a perfect moment for us right now, to let go of some of the trivial and more contentious things happening in our country and to say let's think about that man and his life."
Anne House-Quinn's memories of President Bush date back to her time in college. She says it was those experiences that later led to her working for President Bush even before he called the White House home.
"From the very beginning I was very inspired by George Bush. At age 19 I worked for him in the Michigan primary when he ran against Ronald Reagan, and I was a college student at Michigan State and his official photographer. And when he became president i received the honor to work for him at the Department of Interior. I headed up his "Take Pride in America" program."
Connor Riser was not even born yet when President Bush was in office, but that didn't stop him from coming out and remembering the man he says cared about all Americans.
Former President George W. Bush, with his wife former first lady Laura, walks past the casket of his father, former President George H.W. Bush at the Capitol in Washington, Monday, Dec. 3, 2018. (Jonathan Ernst/Pool Photo via AP)
"His military career is a great example of what he gave to our country and how much he cared about us as people, people he didn't know. But he was always out there fighting for what he thought was best. So I really appreciate that and am thankful for the opportunity to come here today."
A native of Texas, The George Bush Presidential Library and Museum is located on the campus of Texas A&M University in College Station. Richard Casale, a recent A&M graduate who paid his respects today says the late president was a major inspiration for him.
"I went to Texas A&M University and I majored in political science and the building that I shared was the Bush school. And to Aggies, he’s a hero... I would walk in and the first thing I would see was quotes from him, pictures of his legacy all over the wall, and that actually was the reason why I decided to come to D.C. and actually work in the public sector."