CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Gov. Jim Justice has asked that flags be lowered to honor President George H.W. Bush, who died overnight at age 94.
“President George H. W. Bush was a great man, a great public servant, and a brave soldier and veteran; he will be missed by all,” Justice, a Republican, stated in a release.
“Cathy and I send our prayers and condolences to the Bush family and ask all West Virginians to join with us.”
Justice’s order that all U.S. and state flags on state-owned facilities be lowered to half-staff was effective immediately and through sunset on Dec. 30.
Bush was the nation’s 41st president. The last veteran of World War II to be president, his administration ushered out the Cold War.
Wednesday will be considered a national day of mourning. The president’s funeral will be at the Washington National Cathedral.
The West Virginia Republican Party issued a statement of mourning about the president’s death.
“President Bush lived a life of service to God, his family, and our country,” stated West Virginia Republican Party chairwoman Melody Potter.
“His character and example inspired countless others to sacrifice, to volunteer, and to serve for the betterment of our nation. We are thankful for his leadership and many years in public service.”
Senator Joe Manchin, a Democrat, said it was an honor to know President Bush and his wife, Barbara.
“Gayle and I were so heartbroken to hear of the passing of President George H.W. Bush,” Manchin stated.
“The President dedicated his life to our country through his patriotism, his public service and humanitarian efforts. He was a man who put country and citizens before party and politics and will be remembered as one of the greatest presidents in our history.”