George H.W. Bush eulogized by son at funeral: ‘The brightest of a thousand points of light’

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UPDATE: Former President George H.W. Bush, who died Friday at age 94, was honored Wednesday at a state funeral at the Washington National Cathedral with stories of his bravery in wartime, his compassion and loyalty, and his love of family, friends and country.

George W. Bush, the 43rd president, gave a tearful eulogy of his father, peppered with jokes and personal reminiscences. He said his father taught his children about the importance of public service and how to live a life with grace, humility and kindness.

“He was a genuinely optimistic man,” Bush said. “And that optimism guided his children, and made each of us believe that anything was possible.”

He added, “To us, his was the brightest of a thousand points of light,” referring to the phrase popularized by his father when he accepted the presidential nomination at the 1988 Republican National Convention.

Bush said that his father also showed him “what it means to be a president who leads with integrity.”

He recalled his father’s final moments just days ago. Bush said he called his dad, who was unable to speak at the time, and told him he loved him. “The last words he would say on earth is, ‘I love you, too,'” Bush said.

ORIGINAL: Watch live coverage of the memorial honoring the life and legacy of former President George H.W. Bush.

President Bush passed away on Friday at the age of 94.

His funeral will take place Wednesday at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C..

The state funeral will be attended by former Presidents and fellow leaders from around the world.

Later Wednesday, his casket will be returned to Houston, where the Bush family will hold a private funeral.

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