Today we have lost a major figure in American history as our nation mourns the passing of George Herbert Walker Bush who served as the 41st president of the United States. A gracious and humble man who lived a life of service to others, President George H.W. Bush is remembered as a man of character, a husband and father who did his best to bring about a kinder and gentler nation. He guided our country during difficult times with grace, dignity and courage. A remarkable man who distinguished himself as a naval aviator during World War II, President Bush leaves a legacy as a strong, effective leader who embraced a straightforward approach to life. May he rest in peace and may God comfort the Bush family in their mourning.