Gov. Dayton orders flags flown half-staff in honor of George H. W. Bush

George H.W. Bush gets a kiss on the cheek from Barbara Bush in Kennebunkport, Maine on June 8, 2015 (Photo credit: Eric Draper and the Barbara Bush Foundation for Literacy/George Bush Presidential Library and Museum).

Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton ordered all U.S. flags and Minnesota flags to be flown at half-staff honor and remembrance of President George H. W. Bush, who passed away Friday night.

The flags will be flown at half-staff for a period of 30 days from the day of his death.

Bush was the 41st President of the United States and served as the 43rd Vice President of the United States with President Ronald Reagan. He also served as a Congressman, as US Ambassador to the United Nations, Envoy to China and Director of the Central Intelligence Agency.

President George H. W. Bush passed away at the age of 94 in Houston, Texas. He had been diagnosed with a form of Parkinson’s disease, leaving him unable to walk. He also battled other health issues following the death of his wife, Barbara Bush, in May 2018.

According to the release, President George H. W. Bush "enlisted in the United States Navy on his 18th birthday, following the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. At the time, he was the youngest aviator in the United States Navy. Bush served in the Navy until September 1945, then attended Yale University and entered the oil business following graduation. He became involved in politics years later, serving the 7th District of Texas in the House of Representatives in 1966." 

President George H.W. Bush is survived by his six children, including former United States President George W. Bush, and grandchildren. President Trump has designated Wednesday, December 5, 2018, as a National Day of Mourning.