FAIRBANKS, Alaska - The 'Lying in State' ceremony was held Monday in the Capitol building rotunda to honor former president George H.W. Bush, who died last Friday, November 30, in Houston. Alaska's Congressman Don Young was in office under the former president, and spoke on his passing.
Young says Bush Senior called him 'Moose,' and they would often play racquetball together. According to Young, they bet one dollar ever game they played, and whoever lost the game, had to sign their dollar before giving it to the other person.
George H.W. Bush died at the age of 94 by natural causes.
"But I was a personal friend of his. I say that with a great pride. I supported him when he ran for president, not when he ran when Regan ran, but the second time he came up. He was a good president and he was a good person, served his country. And so when someone passes like that, it happens to all of us, but he did it with great style, and I think he was a tribute to this country. I know he was," said Congressman Young.