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The flag-draped casket of former President George H.W. Bush is carried by a joint services military honor guard for burial Friday at the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in College Station, Texas on December 6, 2018. (Photo by DAVID J. PHILLIP/AFP/Getty Images)

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.

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HOUSTON, TX - MARCH 29: Barbara Bush talks with Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney at Former President George H. W. Bush's office on March 29, 2012 in Houston, Texas. Mitt Romney received an endorsement from Former President George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush during the meeting. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

Former First Lady Barbara Bush, whose love for reading galvanized her efforts to advance universal literacy and who founded the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy, passed away at her home in Houston. She was 92.

Bush, long considered one of the more popular members of her famous family, had been in failing health for some time and had been in and out of the hospital multiple times in the last year while battling with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and congestive heart failure. She made headlines after deciding to stop seeking medical treatment to prolong her life.

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Former President George Herbert Walker Bush, who as the nation's 41st president (1989-1993) dedicated himself to traditional American values and once pledged to use American strength as a "force for good," has passed away at the age of 94.

Born in Milton, Massachusetts, on June 12, 1924, Bush was an esteemed student who held several leadership positions including class president and secretary of the student council at Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts. After graduating in 1942, he decided to enlist in the armed forces, and became a naval aviator at the age of 18. Bush's superiors commissioned him as an ensign in the United States Naval Reserve upon completion of a ten-month course; he was the youngest naval aviator to that date. Bush would fly 58 combat missions during World War II and received the Distinguished Flying Cross for bravery in action after he was shot down by Japanese forces and rescued by a U.S. submarine.

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