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Hail to the Chief…

Tuesday, December 4th, 2018



As America says goodbye to our 41st President, the memories, stories, thoughts and feelings are all coming up about George H.W. Bush.  Most will remember only his time as Commander in Chief, while others will respect his many, many years in service dedicated to our country.  I will be the first to admit, while growing up I just wasn’t aware of what a true diplomat and patriot he was, but at 17 years old I was able to learn about not only his dedication to the United States of America, but also to America’s future, our youth.


In 1995, I had the distinct pleasure of being nominated by the National Restaurant Association as a future leader, with my reward being honored by the American Academy of Achievement and invited to their Annual Event.  At this event, I would be joined by over 300 youths who were also nominated for their various achievements in Athletics, Theatre, Academics, Music, etc., who would all join the adult leaders who were being honored for their success in their various industries.  We had the ability to mingle, listen, dine and be with these great Americans over the course of three days in various environments at Historical Willamsburg, Virginia.  The roster is too long to name now, but I can tell you that some of these leaders I had the opportunity to speak directly with were Robin Williams, Martha Stewart, Quincy Jones, Coach Mike Krzyzewski and countless others.


At one session, we were led into the performance hall and I happened to lucked into sitting in the first row, center seat in front of the podium on stage.  We were not made aware of who would be speaking to us that morning, however soon enough the group discovered that President Bush was the guest of honor.  I personally didn’t agree with his politics, but I can truly say that the speech he gave was the best I had ever heard in my entire life.  The 41st President told us stories, he shared anecdotes, made us laugh and then inspired us to service to others and our country.  His words were distinct and honest, his message was one of hope, leadership, selflessness and dedication.  While the exact speech the President gave I can’t remember and his words have long escaped me, it was his messages that have always stayed with me.


Ever since that day, I did my best to learn more about President Bush, his story and his commitment to our country.  As I still did not agree with most of his politics, I respected him as a man and someone who put the United States of America ahead of himself.


It has taken me a few days to write this, after the passing of President Bush and after listening and watching those around the country and world try to honor his memory and (even though he didn’t want this word used) his legacy.  But, today, I choose to remember someone who was a true Patriot.  A great American who’s service to our great land drove him through his life.


Rest in Peace President Bush, thank you for being a great man and an honorable American.