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Visitors reflect on George H.W. Bush's memory at WWII memorial

As the motorcade carrying former President George H.W. Bush made its way across Washington, it passed the World War II memorial. (WGME)

WASHINGTON, DC (WGME) – As the motorcade carrying former President George H.W. Bush made its way across Washington, it passed the World War II memorial.

Thousands of people visit Washington, D.C. every day to see the many memorials throughout the capital, and despite the road closures, Wednesday was no different.

CBS 13 caught up with a few visitors at the World War II memorial, taking a moment to reflect and pay their respects.

Part of the “Greatest Generation,” former President George H.W. Bush enlisted in the Navy on his 18th birthday. He piloted more than 50 combat missions in planes named after his beloved Barbara.

“I'm thinking about him in the Navy and what he did for our country, he was an exemplary man and one that we can certainly be proud of, and he was just an all-around great person,” visitor Karen Welniak said.

“Honestly, I don't believe there was a more qualified person to become President as far as the number of years of service he spent in public service,” visitor Ron James said.

It’s another chapter in U.S. history, as the nation says goodbye to a veteran, public servant and President.

The memorial was closed just for a short time while the motorcade passed by, the park ranger says it's incredibly moving when any veteran visits a memorial dedicated to the time they served. Wednesday was no different.

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