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Flags To Be Lowered For Former President George H.W. Bush



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George H. W. Bush, 94, who served as the 41st President of the United States, died Friday evening, according to a statement released by his son George W. Bush. 

Governor Dannel P. Malloy this morning is directing US and state flags in Connecticut to be lowered to half-staff beginning immediately in remembrance of President Bush.

Pursuant to US Code, the flag shall be flown at half-staff for a period of 30 days following the death of a President or former President. Accordingly, since no flag should fly higher than the U.S. flag, all other flags, including state, municipal, corporate, or otherwise, should also be lowered during this same duration of time.

Newtown Hook & Ladder Company members are scheduled to lower the Main Street flag at 11 am. 

In a statement issued this morning, President Donald J. Trump said he and First Lady Melania "join with a grieving Nation to mourn the loss of former President George H.W. Bush, who passed away last night.

"Through his essential authenticity, disarming wit, and unwavering commitment to faith, family, and country, President Bush inspired generations of his fellow Americans to public service—to be, in his words, 'a thousand points of light' illuminating the greatness, hope, and opportunity of America to the world.

"President Bush always found a way to set the bar higher.  As a young man, he captained the Yale baseball team, and then went on to serve as the youngest aviator in the United States Navy during the Second World War.  Later in life, he rose to the pinnacle of American politics as a Congressman from Texas, envoy to China, Director of Central Intelligence, Vice President of eight years to President Ronald Reagan, and finally President of the United States.

"With sound judgment, common sense, and unflappable leadership, President Bush guided our Nation, and the world, to a peaceful and victorious conclusion of the Cold War.  As President, he set the stage for the decades of prosperity that have followed.  And through all that he accomplished, he remained humble, following the quiet call to service that gave him a clear sense of direction.

"Along with his full life of service to country, we will remember President Bush for his devotion to family—especially the love of his life, Barbara.  His example lives on, and will continue to stir future Americans to pursue a greater cause.  Our hearts ache with his loss, and we, with the American people, send our prayers to the entire Bush family, as we honor the life and legacy of 41."


Flags across the country are being lowered for former President George H.W. Bush, who died Friday evening, November 30. Following US flag code, the flags will remain lowered for 30 days.  (Bee file photo) 

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