DALLAS, TX -- President George H.W. Bush 1924-2018
Statement by President George W. Bush on the death of his father, President George H.W. Bush
"Jeb, Neil, Marvin, Doro, and I are saddened to announce that after 94 remarkable years, our dear Dad has died. George H. W. Bush was a man of the highest character and the best dad a son or daughter could ask for. The entire Bush family is deeply grateful for 41’s life and love, for the compassion of those who have cared and prayed for Dad, and for the condolences of our friends and fellow citizens."
Points of Light
HONOR THE LEGACY OF PRESIDENT GEORGE H.W. BUSH BY PLEDGING YOUR TIME TO VOLUNTEER, BECOMING A POINT OF LIGHT IN YOUR COMMUNITY. BY SERVING, YOU BRING TO LIFE HIS VISION OF ORDINARY CITIZENS FINDING A “SHINING PURPOSE,” UNLEASHING THEIR POWER TO CREATE POSITIVE CHANGE.
HISTORY & LEGACY
More than 25 years ago, President George H.W. Bush gave voice and direction to a movement that has steadily grown ever since – changing countless lives, and building stronger, more resilient communities across this country and around the world. He inspired individuals to take voluntary action in their communities as points of light “spread throughout the nation, doing good.”
His famous “thousand points of light” speech renewed our spirit of volunteerism and galvanized the modern national service movement. His words and example, his legacy of service will endure. They resonate today and will continue to inspire tomorrow, and for generations to come.
DAILY POINT OF LIGHT
In 1990, President George H.W. Bush created the Daily Point of Light Award for individuals making a difference. From the White House, he formally recognized more than 1,000 volunteers as “points of light,” highlighting the volunteer movement that became a defining mission of the Bush administration.
Points of Light reinstated the Daily Point of Light Award in 1998, with a mission to honor those who take action to create change in their communities, and in 2014 the award program expanded to the United Kingdom. To date, more than 6,000 awards have been given to individuals who represent the heart and soul of our country and, through them, the legacy of President Bush lives on.
"Born out of my father's 1989 inaugural address where he spoke of the power of 'Points of Light', Points of Light Institute was launched in 1990 to inspire, equip and mobilize people to take action that changes the world," said Neil Bush, Chairman of the Board for Points of Light Institute. "We help people discover their own ability to step forward and make a difference in their communities - to become individual Points of Light. The Tribute event will not only honor President Bush and the steps that he took during his presidency and post-presidency, but also honor the role that voluntary service plays in the American experience."