DENVER, Colo. — Colorado’s elected officials offered condolences Saturday on the death of former President George H.W. Bush, who died Friday at the age of 94.
Gov. John Hickenlooper ordered flags lowered to half-staff on all public buildings starting immediately for 30 days to honor the former president, as ordered by President Donald Trump.
The nation will observe a national day of mourning on Wednesday. The former president will lie in state in the Capitol Rotunda from Monday evening through Wednesday morning.
“President Bush lived each day with courage,” Hickenlooper said in a statement. “He never flinched from a tough decision, and every day as president brought honor and dignity to the office and the country. He left a lasting legacy on the importance of civility in politics.”
More elected officials and those who had served with Bush took to social media to remember him:
President George H.W. Bush led a long, successful and beautiful life. Whenever I was with him I saw his absolute joy for life and true pride in his family. His accomplishments were great from beginning to end. He was a truly wonderful man and will be missed by all!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 1, 2018
To President George H.W. Bush: well done you good and faithful servant. Thank you for your decades of service to this great cause of America.
— Cory Gardner (@SenCoryGardner) December 1, 2018
George H.W. Bush was a true public servant: thoughtful, patriotic, and committed to our nation’s leadership in the world. He led with dignity, cherishing country and family above all else. He will be greatly missed.
— Michael Bennet (@SenatorBennet) December 1, 2018
My condolences to the Bush family. President H.W. Bush had a love for the country that extended far beyond his presidency.
— Former Rep. Jared Polis (@RepJaredPolis) December 1, 2018
Meeting President Bush in 1989. “How’s that Polish Desk,”. He asked. what a legacy of accomplishment he left. A great American. pic.twitter.com/gFlRU8JkDc
— Christopher R. Hill (@ambchrishill) December 1, 2018
Our Country has lost a hero and I have lost my North Star. Some of my earliest memories include fishing with him while sharing 44 years of love and laughs. His selfless kindness towards others regardless of background or circumstance was unequaled. pic.twitter.com/hsS38SaE0K
— Walker Stapleton (@WalkerStapleton) December 1, 2018