COLLEGE STATION, Texas (KBTX) -- Visitors paid their respects at the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum on the Texas A&M campus. Parents there said they were proud that President 41 called Texas home, and they made it a point to share with their kids just how big of an impact he had on our country.
People left flowers and cards for the former president at the base of his statue. Some of the area's youngest paid their respects.
"They are aware that he fought in World War II and he was a great statesman, and a great man," said Melanie Keyser, a visitor.
Names are left next to condolences inside the library’s rotunda.
"He really was a president that tried to reach across the aisle and tried to bring the country together," said Robert Lee Manalo, a visitor.
Parents and their children left small notes wishing the Bush family well.
"I think it's mourning, but I think it's also a celebration. It's time to celebrate his life," said Blake Shifferstein, a visitor.
The Schifferstein family, taught their young kids about history and how George Bush worked to unite us all.
"I think a lot of times, especially now, children today forget the heroes of our nation and I think it's really good for our kids to see what kind of man he,” said Schifferstein.
They learned about the president's sacrifice for our nation and his dedication to public service.
"There's just a lot to learn from him and if more people in this world could be like him, be goodhearted people and have respect for one another, I think this country would be a much better place," said Mary Grace, a visitor.
These parents taught the next generation and paid tribute to a man who was proud to be an American.
The Shifferstein family invited the Bushes to their wedding. While they got no response, oddly enough, Mrs. Bush attended an event right next door. It was purely a coincidence.