The American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA) issued the following statement on December first upon the death of the 41st President of the United States of America, George H.W. Bush.
“President Bush exemplified a lifetime of service to America as a WWII combat pilot and during his tenure in public service. However, AHEPA will always remember him for making the call to public and community service a centerpiece of his life.
“In his 1988 acceptance speech for the Presidential nomination at the Republican National Convention in New Orleans, then-Vice President Bush cited the Order of AHEPA as one of the ‘Thousand Points of Light’ that brighten and diversify America. We are thankful for his lasting commitment to service, his spirit of volunteerism and devotion to build stronger communities”.
President Bush, at 94 years of age, was the patriarch of a political dynasty in the Republican Party, with son George serving as President from 2001 to 2008. He was President of the United States from January 20, 1981 to January 20, 1989.
He also had served as the 43rd Vice President of the United States from 1981 to 1989 under President Ronald Reagan. He also served in the House of Representatives and as Ambassador to the United Nations, among other governmental positions.
Bush is also remembered in Greece as the only American president who made an official visit to Greece during his years in office.