KENNEBUNKPORT (WGME) – Mainers young and old honored those who gave their lives for our country. Noticeably absent at one event this year were former First Lady Barbara Bush, who recently passed away, and former President George H.W. Bush, who was admitted to the hospital over the weekend.
Bush’s hospitalization in Maine was his second since his wife died in April. It had been a long time since neither member of the former first family attended the Memorial Day parade in Kennebunkport, which has been their summer home for decades.
A spokesman said the former president was hospitalized Sunday for low blood pressure and fatigue. He is under observation and is awake and alert and not in any discomfort, according to the spokesman.
The hospital stay kept the former president from going to the Memorial Day parade in Kennebunkport on Monday morning.
Bush did go to a pancake breakfast Saturday morning at American Legion Post 159 in Kennebunkport. He sent a tweet saying he was “delighted to join the veterans” and “this weekend we remember, and thank, all who have served our great country.”
Paradegoers in Kennebunkport, as well as Senator Susan Collins, said they were sorry to hear the president is back in the hospital.
“Oh, I’m sure people here are very, very sad about that,” said Tim Dunne of Kennebunkport. “This community loves to have that family around and support them very much so.”
President Bush is a veteran himself — a U.S. Navy pilot who fought in World War II. He was shot down and rescued in 1944.