DC, Maryland, Virginia Flags Flown Half-Staff in Memory of President George H.W. Bush

"May we all take a page from his book," Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam said of America's 41st president

George H.W. Bush died Friday, prompting an outpouring of commendation for America's 41st president and condolences for his family.

Bush was applauded for serving America not only as a president but a devoted husband and father, military member and public servant.

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam and Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan each ordered flags to be flown at half-staff. President Donald Trump also ordered flags across the nation's capital and the country to be flown at half-staff.

Decades ago, News4's own Jim Vance got the chance to spend six hours fishing with then-President George H.W. Bush. "President Bush is one heck of a fisherman," Vance said. "I will never forget that day."

Hogan, a fellow Republican, issued a statement commending Bush's tenure as a Navy Pilot and World War II veteran. 

"The First Lady and I join all Marylanders in sending our deepest condolences to the Bush family as they — and our entire nation — mourn this great loss. We all take comfort knowing that he is joining his beloved wife, Barbara."

Hogan said his father served in the House of Representatives alongside Bush.

Maryland flags will be lowered through Dec. 30, the governor said.

Northam lauded Bush for his commitment to public service, devotion to his wife of 73 years, Barbara, and unwavering decency.

"May we all take a page from his book," Northam said in a statement.

Flags should fly at half-staff for thirty days to mark Bush's death, Northam ordered.

Bowser offered condolences to Bush's family and said, "President George H.W. Bush demonstrated a devotion to country and family that others will seek to emulate for years."

Sen. Tim Kaine said in a statement, "He lived a long life devoted to his country, dying old and full of days. I am saddened by his passing, and my condolences go out to the Bush family."

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