Texas ceremony marks issuing of George H.W. Bush stamp

FILE - This file photo provided by the U.S. Postal Service shows the new Forever stamp design honoring former President George H.W. Bush. A ceremony to mark the first day of issue for the stamp honoring the late president has been held in Texas. The event was held Wednesday, June 12, 2019, on the Texas A&M University campus in College Station, where Bush's presidential library is located. Bush died in Houston on Nov. 30 at the age of 94.

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Friends and family of former President George H.W. Bush gathered in Texas to mark the first day of issue for the U.S. Postal Service stamp honoring him.

The event was held Wednesday on the Texas A&M University campus in College Station, where Bush's presidential library is located. Bush died in Houston on Nov. 30 at the age of 94.

Speakers at the event, which was held on what would have been Bush's 95th birthday, talked about the 41st president's prolific letter writing.

His grandson, Pierce Bush, said his grandfather's words, dreams and hopes live on through his letters. He said, "His letters showed his unique ability to lift others up, just at the time they needed to be lifted."

George H.W. Bush served as president from 1989 to 1993.

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