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Bush Library to hold wreath-laying ceremony in honor of former president's birthday

Bush Library to hold wreath-laying ceremony in honor of former president's birthday

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Wreath laying at Bush gravesite

Capt. Gabe Stewart, left, and Maj. Gen. Tracy Norris place a wreath near the gravesite of former President George H.W. Bush and former first lady Barbara Bush during a ceremony Saturday morning attended by the Bush grandchildren and their spouses. The ceremony was part of a birthday celebration for the couple. George H.W. Bush was born June 12, 1924 and Barbara Bush was born June 8, 1925. 

A military honor guard will lay a wreath at former President George H.W. Bush's grave at the Bush Library on Saturday in honor of his birthday.

Bush, who died in 2018, would've been 97 on Saturday.

The event will be held from 9 to 9:30 a.m. and is open to the public. The event will include the playing of taps by a bugler and a prayer to conclude the ceremony.

The Bush family will be represented by Pierce Bush, George H.W.'s grandson.

Cyclists with Texas 4000 out of Austin stopped in Bryan and College Station Monday night. Over the course of 70 days, the cyclists, who are all current students or recent graduates of the University of Texas at Austin, will pedal more than 4,000 miles. The cyclists who traveled through the Brazos Valley are on a new Smoky Mountains route, which was added to the Sierra, Rockies and Ozarks routes this year. The cyclists typically would travel from Austin to Anchorage, Alaska, but with the Canadian border still closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 4,000 miles will be done entirely in the contiguous United States. The Smoky Mountains route began in Austin Saturday and will travel through the Midwest to Michigan and then down the East Coast before ending in Austin in August. The program serves to raise awareness for cancer screenings and prevention and raise money for cancer research and support services.

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