WASHINGTON, DC (WGME) -- Maine was well represented during Wednesday morning's service for George H.W. Bush in Washington.
All four of Maine's Congressional representatives were inside the National Cathedral for the state funeral.
Both Senators Collins and King say it was a wonderful service Wednesday morning, so reflective of the 41st President. They were happy to be there, and hear Maine mentioned more than once.
Senator Susan Collins says she said goodbye to a friend Wednesday.
She brought with her notes from 41, all handwritten, and from the heart.
She says Wednesday’s service captured that essence.
“It had touches of humor, it had wonderful stories from friends, it had a former foreign leader talk about his international accomplishments, so I felt it truly covered his whole life,” Collins said.
Senator Angus King also said he was moved. It was abundantly clear Maine meant so much to this man.
“George W. Bush was the final speaker, and he had a very poignant observation that in his dad’s last years, when he was confined to a wheel chair, his favorite place was on the back deck at Walker’s Point, where he could look out to sea,” King said.
It was a national day of mourning, with government offices in Washington closed.
As they head back to work Thursday, both King and Collins say they hope the President’s legacy of bipartisanship and civility will continue to resonate in Washington.