Visitors pay respects to George H.W. Bush at Presidential Library and Museum

CBS Austin

Flags wave at half-staff and flowers line the walls of the Presidential George H. W. Bush Library and Museum at Texas A&M University.

Saturday, visitors from across the country paid their respects and said goodbye to the 41st President of the United States, who passed away Friday night.

“He was a true American patriot and very loved by the whole world,” says Diane Filkins, a visitor from Houston.

The exhibit shows memorabilia from Bush’s days as a WWII veteran, Congressman, and President.

However, those working at the museum say they’ll always remember George H. W. Bush as a kind person and friend.

“Whenever I graduated from A&M he sent me a real nice note congratulations—and of course it was close to my birthday so he also told me happy birthday,” says gift shop worker Sue Moody.

John Goebert has volunteered for the museum for more than 20 years.

He says he’ll never forget one of his first encounters with President Bush.

“One morning I was working in the mail room and George Bush came bee-bopping in and he said ‘can I get you two a cup of coffee’ - good grief the President offering me coffee,” says Goebert.

Goebert says getting to know President Bush was nothing short of an honor.

Bush will be honored with a state funeral at the Washington National Cathedral.

He will be laid to rest Thursday behind the Presidential Museum beside his wife, Barbara and their daughter Robin who passed away at 3 years old.

The Bush Family grave site remains closed until a few days after the President is laid to rest.

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