USS George HW Bush crew honors late namesake with ‘thousand points of light’ vigil

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NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — “For we are a nation of communities, of thousands and tens of thousands of ethnic, religious, social, business, labor union, neighborhood, regional and other organizations, all of them varied, voluntary and unique. This is America … a brilliant diversity spread like stars, like a thousand points of light in a broad and peaceful sky,” said the late President George H.W. Bush in his speech at the 1988 Republican National Convention. 

The memorable thousand points of light line became synonymous with the 41st president, whose namesake aircraft carrier, the USS George H.W. Bush, is homeported in Norfolk. 

On Tuesday night, the crew of the Bush honored the former Commander in Chief by creating their own points of light tribute on the ship’s deck using flashlights. 

“Together, with communities across America, we raised our lights to brighten the night sky with ‘a thousand points of light,'” the ship’s crew wrote on Facebook.

As of Wednesday night, the timelapse video had been viewed more than 175,000 times on Facebook and shared by more than 3,500. 

Bush, who was a decorated World War II aviator, and his family attended the christening of the 10th and final Nimitz-class carrier back in 2006 at Northrop Grumman Newport News shipyard. 

Bush died Friday at the age of 94. His funeral will be held Thursday, Dec. 5 in College Station, Texas, with a 21 aircraft missing man fly-over performed by squadrons from Naval Station Norfolk. 

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