In memory of President George H.W. Bush

Nebraska State College System Chancellor Stan Carpenter announced Tuesday that classes were cancelled yesterday, Dec. 5, in memory of the passing of George Herbert Walker Bush, 94, on Friday, Nov. 30. The day was observed as a National Day of Mourning to honor the United States of America’s 41st president.

“President George Herbert Walker Bush dedicated his life to service to his country,” Carpenter said in an email sent to CSC students, faculty and staff. “Knowing the value and profound respect that President Bush placed on education, the Nebraska State Colleges will still have many essential student services available on Wednesday. These services are critical at this point in the semester due to final exams that are scheduled next week.”

These services included the library, Tutoring Center, food services and more.

Bush Sr. was born on June 12, 1924 in Milton, Massachusetts. His presidency lasted from 1989 to 1993. He also served as vice president for eight years under Ronald Reagan. Bush is most remembered for his skills in handling foreign affairs and policy. He came into office with a highlighted background in government bureaucracy with his eight years of active training as vice president. Other accomplishments include  “[flying] 58 combat missions for the Navy during World War II and [being] awarded three Air Medals and the Distinguished Flying Cross,” CNN.com states. He is most known for helping to end the Cold War.

“Proud to honor President Bush tonight in the Family Heritage Garden at the Vice President’s Residence where the Bush family lived for eight years. A holly tree with ‘a thousand points of light,’” Second Lady Karen Pence tweeted in memory of Bush.

George H. W. Bush’s life may have come to an end, but the words and influence he had on those around him continue to impact us to this day.

“We know what works. Freedom works. We know what’s right. Freedom is right.” — George H. W. Bush.

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