Lo­cal of­fi­cials pay re­spects to former pres­i­dent

The Signal - - Community - By Caleb Lunetta Sig­nal Staff Writer

Be­fore the fu­neral pro­ces­sion and the na­tion ob­served a day of mourn­ing, Rep. Steve Knight, R-Santa Clarita, joined mem­bers of the pub­lic in vis­it­ing the Capi­tol ro­tunda where former Pres­i­dent Bush’s re­mains lay in state.

On Tues­day, as the flag-draped cas­ket sat in the same place as former Sen. John McCain’s had been placed three months ear­lier, Knight said he paid his re­spects to “one of the great­est pa­tri­ots of our time.”

“His ré­sumé of ser­vice to our coun­try is enough to fill mul­ti­ple ex­tremely ac­com­plished life­times,” Knight said the morn­ing after his visit to the ro­tunda. “From be­ing a hero in the Pa­cific as a naval avi­a­tor, di­rec­tor of the CIA, am­bas­sador to the United Na­tions, vice pres­i­dent, and the 41st pres­i­dent of the United States, he rep­re­sented the best qual­i­ties of lead­er­ship, hu­mil­ity and com­mit­ment that we ex­pect from our lead­ers.”

Knight’s com­ments also ex­tended to the en­tirety of the Bush fam­ily, who would at­tend a fu­neral ser­vice in the Na­tional Cathe­dral Wed­nes­day along­side a select group of mourn­ers, in­clud­ing all of the liv­ing pres­i­dents, other gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials and for­eign dig­ni­taries.

“His fam­ily’s con­tin­ued lead­er­ship through his chil­dren and grand­chil­dren is a tes­ta­ment to his legacy,” said Knight. “Amer­ica owes the Bush fam­ily a debt of grat­i­tude and my thoughts are with them dur­ing this time.”

In ad­di­tion to Knight, Rep.-elect Katie Hill also took time on Wed­nes­day to ex­press her feel­ings re­gard­ing the former pres­i­dent.

“One of my most for­ma­tive mem­o­ries was watch­ing the news with my grand­fa­ther — an Army vet­eran — through the end­ing of the Cold War,” Hill said. “I deeply re­spect Pres­i­dent (Ge­orge) H.W. Bush’s abil­ity as a diplo­matic leader to end that pe­riod of our na­tion’s his­tory with­out fir­ing a shot.”

Wed­nes­day’s state fu­neral ser­vice hon­ored the 94-year-old, who died Fri­day, with eu­lo­gies laden with sto­ries of Bush’s com­pas­sion, love for his fam­ily and loy­alty to his coun­try. Fol­low­ing the ser­vice, the body was brought back to Hous­ton, where there will be an­other fu­neral Thurs­day be­fore he is in­terred at the Ge­orge Bush Pres­i­den­tial Li­brary and Mu­seum.

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Thou­sands of Amer­i­cans vis­ited the Capi­tol ro­tunda Tues­day to pay their re­spects to the former pres­i­dent of the United States, Ge­orge H.W. Bush.

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