Students, teachers and school district administrators honored late former President George H. W. Bush Wednesday during a somber remembrance ceremony.

Del Rio High School’s Jr. ROTC (Reserve Officer Training Corps) program and San Felipe Del Rio CISD administrators gathered outside the ROTC building on Memorial Drive as students and teachers assembled at each campus to remember the 41st president.

Del Rio High School Principal Dr. Jose Perez opened the ceremony and spoke briefly about Bush’s accolades and contributions to his country.

“George Herbert Walker Bush was many things, including only one of three presidents elected from the great state of Texas,” Perez said. “But more than anything else, he was a believer in government service. Fewer men or women have served America in more capacities than the man known as “Poppy.”

Perez also spoke about Bush’s contributions as a U.S. Navy pilot during World War II and the late president’s service as a congressman and a United Nations ambassador.

After Perez spoke, trumpeters played “Taps” as two Jr. ROTC members lowered American and Texas flags to half-staff in Bush’s honor.

Cadet Group Commander Samantha Daniels, Cadet Deputy Group Commander Aileen Garcia, Cadet Deputy of Operations Alyssa Gutierrez and Cadet Command Chief Julio Torres led the ROTC company, made up of about 185 students, headed by Retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Simon Benavides, commander and senior aerospace science instructor.

The school district announced the ceremony Tuesday after Gov. Greg Abbott proclaimed Wednesday as a national day of mourning. The proclamation encouraged Texans “to gather, assemble and pay their respects to the memory of George Herbert Walker Bush.”

“Each campus will simultaneously assemble at 8:15 a.m. to observe, remember and honor his life and legacy with our utmost reverence,” a school district release read. “Our heartfelt condolences go out to the family of President Bush on his passing.”

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