'I think all veterans are connected together': Remembering President George H.W. Bush


Wednesday the nation said goodbye to former President George H. W. Bush. The former president is the last to serve in the U.S. Military, securing a special bond with many veterans.

When you walk into Veterans Cafe & Grill in Myrtle Beach, you'll understand the name. The walls are covered with pictures and war memorabilia, the ceiling adorned with flags and model air crafts. While the walls have plenty of stories to tell, it's the people inside that have the best ones.

Every Wednesday, a group of veterans come in for lunch. A reserved sign sits on the table and everyone has their own seat. They became friends over something they have in common: they are all veterans. That's the same connection they feel for former President Bush, George Bontya, said.

“I think all veterans are connected together, and being a World War II vet, he’s one of the last of the great generation, and I just feel that camaraderie between veterans. Even though he was Navy, that’s fine," the Air Force veteran joked.

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It's not about the politics today, instead about the brotherhood.

“We are like a different breed, veterans, and I suffer from PTSD and I imagine President Bush had that same thing after being shot down and losing two of his crew member,s and you know the ‘why me’-- ‘Why am I spared,’ that’s something that happens to all veterans coming back from war," Bontya said.

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Watching and remembering the former president be laid to rest brings about a lot of emotions.

“Kind of sad and of course a little awesome because he was an awesome president, so all kinds of emotions," John Hennigar, who served in the U.S. Air Force, said.

President Donald Trump declared Wednesday National Day of Mourning in honor of President Bush.

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