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Flags lowered following death of former President George H.W. Bush

Superior Telegram

Flags have been ordered to half-staff throughout the nation in honor of Former President George Herbert Walker Bush, who died Friday at the age of 94.

"In 1988, I cast my first vote for President for him," said Gov. Scott Walker in a statement. "I am proud of that vote today. He was a true gentleman and our country is better because of his service."

The White House issued a proclamation appointing Dec. 5 as a National Day of Mourning throughout the United States.

"President Bush led a great American life, one that combined and personified two of our Nation’s greatest virtues: an entrepreneurial spirit and a commitment to public service," the proclamation said. "Our country will greatly miss his inspiring example."

Bush served in World War II as an aviator. He later served as the nation's 41st president from 1989 to 1993.

"Through sound judgment, practical wisdom, and steady leadership, President Bush made safer the second half of a tumultuous and dangerous century," the proclamation said.