RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — People across Central Virginia are mourning the “big loss” of the 41st President of the United States, George H.W. Bush.
There’s a sadness, but appreciation around fellow veterans when mentioning the former president.
“President of the United States, served in the military, you know great, great, great example of service to the country,” said Army veteran Chad Arcand.
Almost 30 years ago the World War II Navy veteran was sworn into office.
Fellow WWII veteran William Salvey says 41 is someone he always appreciated, “He was a real, real hero. And we’ve had a lot of big heroes, but it makes me more proud about having served.”
“President of the United States, served in the military, you know great, great, great example of service to the country.”
Former President Bush Held his seat in office from 1989-’93, and even visited Richmond for a debate in ’92. But he’s most known for, among other things, the Gulf War and Desert Storm which veterans say was a successful operation, including bringing soldiers back.
“It is an honor to serve, and he served well during the time and during his presidency,” said Arcand. “He had a mission to do, and I think he did that well. It’s a sad day for the country to lose a president.”
Especially since, Salvey says, they don’t make them like him anymore, “He was quite a man of civility, and quite frankly, we’re losing a lot of civility in Washington right now, and we need to bring that back. And people like Bush.”
Early funeral plans have it set for Wednesday, December 5th in Washington D.C.