December 1, 2018 ANCHORAGE – Governor Bill Walker ordered all Alaska state flags to be flown at half-staff beginning today, December 1, 2018, in honor of former President George Herbert Walker Bush who passed away November 30, 2018 at the age of 94.
The Governor’s order follows a directive from the White House lowering all U.S. flags to half-staff.
President George H.W. Bush was a dedicated public servant who served as a decorated Navy pilot during World War II, a two-term congressman from Texas, an ambassador to the United Nations, director of the Central Intelligence Agency, and Vice President under Ronald Reagan.
Mr. Bush served as the 41st President of the United States from 1989-1993. He has the distinction of being the last of the World War II generation to occupy the Oval Office. His son, George W. Bush served as the 43rd President of the United States.
“Our condolences go to the Bush family, and to all those who were inspired by President George H.W. Bush’s integrity and honesty as a public servant and role model,” Governor Walker said. “His commitment to public service and dedication to the American people is something the First Lady and I admire. Our thoughts and prayers are with the extended Bush family during this difficult time.”
President Donald Trump appointed December 5, 2018 as a National Day of Mourning throughout the United States. The Day of Mourning is a call for the American people to assemble in their respective places of worship to pay homage to the memory of President George H.W. Bush.
United States and Alaska flags should be displayed at half-staff on all public buildings and grounds for a period of 30 days from the day of his death.