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Flags lowered to half-staff in honor of George H.W. Bush, 41st President of the U.S., dead at age 94

In accordance with the proclamation by President Donald J. Trump, both American and state flags at public office buildings are lowered to half-staff beginning immediately until sunset on Dec. 30, 2018, to honor President George H.W. Bush, who passed away Friday evening.

“President Bush dedicated the majority of his adult life as a public servant to our great nation. For this, we will be forever grateful,” said Gov. Matt Bevin. “Kentucky joins the Bush family and the American people in mourning the loss of our 41st president. Tonight, as part of the vast array of stars in the universe, there shines an extra point of light as a reminder of a life well lived.”

President George H.W. Bush died Friday at age 94

All individuals, businesses, organizations, and government agencies are encouraged to join in this tribute of lowering the flag in honor of President Bush.

The proclamation also calls for December 5 to be a National Day of Mourning.

Flag status information is available here.

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) issued the following statement following the death of the 41st President of the United States, George H.W. Bush:
“Elaine and I join the Senate and the nation in grieving the loss of President George H. W. Bush.

“This devoted father and decorated patriot spent decades serving his country, from the skies above the South Pacific to our nation’s highest office.
“He kept America safe as CIA Director. He represented us with skill as Ambassador to the United Nations, envoy to China, and Vice President. And as our forty-first president, George Bush brought clear-eyed, principled leadership to a nation and world in transition.
“America led an international coalition that fought and won the Gulf War. Freedom triumphed over the Soviet Union. The global economy began to transform. And through it all, Americans could rest assured that the public servant they’d placed in the White House was equipped to meet these challenges.
“George Bush built his life on the premise that loving and serving America was simply a citizen’s duty. He fulfilled that duty time and time again, as completely as anyone could. His legacy will rank among the most distinguished statesmen our nation has ever produced.
“George Bush was blessed with many gifts. First among them were his beloved Barbara and the family they built together. Today, we accompany the entire Bush family in mourning and prayer. But we also join them in gratitude that God gave this country George and Barbara Bush.”

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