Ohio Governor John R. Kasich ordered that flags be flown at half-staff upon all public buildings and grounds throughout the state of Ohio from sunrise to sunset for the next 30 days, in honor of President George H.W. Bush who died Friday evening at the age of 94.
Kasich released the following statement:
“Ohioans join with all Americans and millions of people throughout the free world to mourn the death of President George Herbert Walker Bush. He will be remembered as a devoted husband and father, a gentleman, a patriot, a public servant, a statesman and a leader. He understood the value and power of each of us and that’s why he created ‘a thousand points of light’ to encourage us to come together as a nation and lift each other up. Our thoughts are with the Bush family and all those who worked with this great man to make the world a better, safer place.”
People across the country are remembering the life and legacy of the former president, including his son former President George W. Bush.
— George W. Bush Presidential Center (@TheBushCenter) December 1, 2018
Rob Portman, U.S. Senator from Ohio, also paid tribute to Bush.
“George H.W. Bush did it all. He was a war hero, a Congressman, an ambassador, Vice President, and President during one of the most momentous periods in our country's history. An early boss and mentor, President Bush was one of the most decent and honorable men I’ve ever known, and a model that I have tried to follow in my years in public service. It was honor to have worked for him when he was president and to have had his continued advice and counsel over the years. At the close of this truly great American life, let us honor his legacy by following his example of patriotism, public service, and bipartisan problem-solving. Jane and I send our condolences to the entire Bush family and we join them in mourning this extraordinary public servant and American hero.”
Bush suffered a number of health issues over the past several years. He was diagnosed with a form of Parkinson's disease in 2012.