In remembrance of the unforgettable 41st president, George HW Bush

On Friday night, George Bush, the 41st president of the United States and the father of the 43rd president died. George Bush served in WW2 and was the one of the youngest pilots. After earning his Navy commission and wings, at age 19, he became the youngest pilot in the Navy at the time. He flew TBM Avenger torpedo bombers from the carrier USS San Jacinto in 1944. George flew 58 combat missions during WW2 for the Navy and was gratefully awarded three Air Medals and the Distinguished Flying Cross.  

George received his education at Yale and was known for being a baseball player and having the nickname,“Poppy”, a name that would stick with him his whole life. In November 2013, The National Baseball Foundation announced that its Hall of Fame museum will be named after George HW Bush. George even loved to skydive and took his last jump at age 90. When interviewing Sarah DeVito she said, “George Bush was one of the nations greatest veterans and presidents.”George Bush accomplished an uncountable number of things in his life time and presidency. He guided the nation through a fierce period in world affairs, but was later denied a second term.

When interviewing Evan Ackerman, “He lived a great life.” He died at 94. His death came less than nine months apart from his wife, Barbara Bush of 73 years. President Bush suffered from a form of Parkinson’s disease which compelled him to use a wheelchair during his later years. While using the wheelchair, he was in and out of the hospital and his health had been slowly declining. George’s form of parkinson’s disease caused him to suffer from slow movements and difficulty balancing.

He had a service dog named Sully who assisted him everyday in his later years. "Sully could open doors, pick up items and summon help," The Associated Press reported. Sully helped Bush with everything and they had a very close relationship. Bush often played fetch with Sully. Once Bush’s funeral ceremonies come to an end, Sully will go to the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda and help wounded veterans and other service members during their recovery post war. Both George and his wife, Barbara were always known for their love of dogs.

Everyone is going crazy on social media about Sully. The yellow labrador retriever spent Sunday night lying in front of George’s flag draped casket in Houston, Texas. Spokesman for the Bush family tweeted a photo on Sunday night of Sully lying in front of the casket, captioning it “mission complete.”

When interviewing, Allison Brown, she said, “My mom showed me the picture of Sully, I find it so touching how close their relationship was.” CNN has reported that Sully will be traveling with the casket to Washington D.C where more ceremonies for George HW bush will be held.

Sully was named after the pilot Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger the third.  Pilot Chesley landed a passenger plane in the Hudson River after hitting a flock of geese.  This pilot will later portrayed by Tom Hanks in a movie created about the incident. Sully, being trained by America’s Vetdogs, became George’s service dog a couple of months after his wife died. They were brought together in June and developed what seemed like a lifelong friendship in just a few months.

Bush’s life of service to the country, his heroism in World War II, and the charitable works of his post-presidential career will always be uniting for all Americans. George Bush was not just a president, he was a father, friend, patriot and hero to all of America. He will always be remembered and his legacy will live on.

Lili Noah