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Fredericksburg spot holds many memories of former President George H.W. Bush

All this week, folks have been making their way to the National Museum of the Pacific War in Fredericksburg to pay tribute to former President Bush. (CBS Austin)

As the nation says farewell to former President George H.W. Bush, the focus Thursday was on Houston and College Station.

But folks also gathered west of Austin in Fredericksburg. That's one place that holds a lot of memories of the former president.

All this week, folks have been making their way to the National Museum of the Pacific War in Fredericksburg to pay tribute to former President Bush. And it's fitting because this museum has a long history with him.

President Bush came to Fredericksburg in 1999 to dedicate a major expansion that would turn the Nimitz Museum into The National Museum of the Pacific War.

Nimitz Foundation CEO, former General Mike Hagee, says former President Bush made many friends here, adding, “People here in Fredericksburg still respect President Bush a great deal.”

The museum would honor President Bush again ten years later. Gen. Hagee says, “On the 7th of December 2009 we reopened the Bush Gallery here after a significant renovation. President Bush was the guest of honor and he came.”

Visitors flock here to hear of President Bush’s war stories and to marvel at the type of aircraft he flew in World War II. And there’s time to reflect in the museum’s Plaza of Presidents among other war veterans who would get their chance to become commander-in-chief.

And this week there's a special place in the lobby where you can put pen to paper to let the Bush family know you appreciate all he did. John Ligouri from Missouri did just that. “With the events of the past year I thought what a great idea to come and honor President Bush,” he said.

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