A Nation Remembers

We wake to headlines and flags at half mast today in honor of our nation’s 41st President, George H.W. Bush (June 12, 1924 – November 30, 2018). Live updates will document the “who is who” and the streets of D.C. will gridlock with closures as his casket is moved from the Lincoln catafalque in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda. The Washington National Cathedral will echo with hymns and rituals passed down through generations of mourners. 

The flag-draped casket of former President George H.W. Bush lies in state in the Capitol Rotunda in Washington, Monday, Dec. 3, 2018. (Jonathan Ernst / AP) 

Politics has attracted a different type of attention this week with stories of patriotism and gratitude rising from voices around the globe. 

Sully the service dog has tugged at our hearts, and we have watched closely as first families have mingled and exchanged condolences.

Photo by Patrick Semansky/AP/REX/Shutterstock (10013450h)Valerie Cramer, Sully. Sully, the service dog of former President George H.W. Bush, sits alongside Valerie Cramer as they visit the flag-draped casket of President Bush in the Capitol Rotunda in WashingtonGeorge HW Bush, Washington, USA – 04 Dec 2018

Somewhere this morning there is also a very nervous team of funeral directors, law enforcement, and public officials who have spent countless hours planning the logistics of this week. 

Many of us will likely be watching the state funeral live on TV or streaming online, and we will pause to listen, to remember, and to respect.

Listen, remember, respect. Three simple words – such a powerful impact.


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