In a time of sorrow, sometimes the simple gestures can be the most touching.
Such is the case for the United States Secret Service's tribute to the man they protected for almost 40 years. On Friday, the Secret Service posted a simple memo to Twitter.
"From: USSS - Bush Protective Division
To: All personnel
Subject: Final Timberwolf Departure Notification @ 06:00 Hours
Timberwolf's Detail concluded at 0600 hours December 7, 2018 with no incidents to report at George Bush Presidential Library - College Station, Texas. God speed former President George H.W. Bush - you will be missed by all of us.
- Bush Protective Division"
The Secret Service captioned the memo:
"It was an honor."
It was an honor. https://t.co/Tjw9y4B0qo— U.S. Secret Service (@U.S. Secret Service) 1544200376.0
On Friday morning, President Bush was laid to rest next to his beloved wife Barbara at his Presidential Library and Museum in College Station, Texas, on the campus of Texas A&M. Barbara Bush passed away in April of this year.
Future grave site of George HW Bush and Barbara Bush @BushLibrary 3/4 http://t.co/t8UsyNZxrI— Troy Bramston (@Troy Bramston) 1372546936.0
People were touched by the Secret Service's farewell and simple tribute to President Bush.
Many said it was the one memorial that made them cry.
@SecretService @jgm41 This made me cry😢! So touching and truly the epitome of service from Secret Service Personnel… https://t.co/YMPOWKY4oe— Jules Johnson (@Jules Johnson) 1544203835.0
@SecretService Goose bumps— Mike Giancotti (@Mike Giancotti) 1544201597.0
@SecretService @jgm41 This is very touching, thank you for your service and thank you for sharing.— EveMoon 👩💻🦃🍂🌮🥑🏐🏸 (@EveMoon 👩💻🦃🍂🌮🥑🏐🏸) 1544213217.0
@SecretService @lauferlaw @jgm41 Very touching..— Jarthamane (@Jarthamane) 1544206516.0
Many expressed their gratitude to the men and women who take care of the President and Vice President every day, protecting them from harm.
@SecretService @jgm41 I was so proud of you agents during the State Funeral. The while world was watching you with… https://t.co/iPDPN08dsq— The Goodman Report (@The Goodman Report) 1544207834.0
@SecretService @jgm41 So Proud of your Service, and the USA thanks you for all you do.— IN THE MATRIX (@IN THE MATRIX) 1544201424.0
@SecretService @jgm41 Job well done...Stay safe.— Jim Zeiger (@Jim Zeiger) 1544200937.0
@SecretService @jgm41 God Bless the Secret Service and thank you for your service to our country!— Chuck Jones (@Chuck Jones) 1544205230.0
@SecretService @jgm41 40 years of exemplary service!!! Congratulations to the service.— Gregory Mwololo (@Gregory Mwololo) 1544204996.0
@SecretService @jgm41 These fine people, whose every intention is to alway be in the background until they are need… https://t.co/Hn0am62I8Z— Bob W Garner-just bob-Spaceman Spiff (@Bob W Garner-just bob-Spaceman Spiff) 1544208831.0
@SecretService @NOW1SOLAR @jgm41 Thank all of you for not only protecting him but all of our potus'. Yours is a thankless but rewarding job.— Bluliner (@Bluliner) 1544215510.0
@SecretService @jgm41 God Bless the Secret Service, President George H. W. Bush and the United States of America🇺🇸— Susan Fry (@Susan Fry) 1544209957.0
@SecretService @benshapiro @jgm41 Thank you for your service. We all benefit from the committed people of the Secret Service.— Paul Cortese (@Paul Cortese) 1544207448.0
After a lying in state at the Capitol Rotunda and a public funeral at the National Cathedral in Washington DC, the Bush family returned to Texas where their patriarch was brought by train from the airport to his final destination beside his wife of 73 years, Barbara.
"America at its finest." People line the rails of the funeral train carrying former Pres. George H.W. Bush, cheeri… https://t.co/xH4wEa0YVu— ABC News (@ABC News) 1544128484.0
PHOTO: The flag-draped coffin of former President George H.W. Bush travels by train to College Station, Texas where… https://t.co/eSBMMJ4vtk— AP Politics (@AP Politics) 1544127537.0
POWERFUL: President H.W. Bush’s 1989 inaugural address is played over footage of his funeral train taking the forme… https://t.co/aOlBQRSwMt— CBS News (@CBS News) 1544124956.0
The view from Bush’s funeral train as it passes Spring, on the way to College Station. https://t.co/h4WKbRgq44— Jasper Scherer (@Jasper Scherer) 1544124513.0
A presidential funeral train was a longstanding tradition, even after rail travel no longer became a necessity. However, President Dwight Eisenhower was the last to be carried by train to his final destination in 1961.
The Bush family reinstates a tradition that has not been seen since the funeral of Dwight Eisenhower almost 50 year… https://t.co/hGeANZhHcl— Smithsonian Magazine (@Smithsonian Magazine) 1544121910.0
The internment of President Bush was a private affair for his family on Friday morning.