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Bush 41 funeral used as a history lesson in some classrooms

Students at Chesapeake High School watch coverage of the President Bush Funeral Service during history class. (WCHS/WVAH)

As the country said good-bye to the 41st President of the United States, his funeral was a teaching tool in some classrooms.

"We won a very strong bi-partisan vote," said former Wyoming Senator Alan Simpson during the funeral at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., as students at Chesapeake High School watched from their classroom.

They weren't alive when George H.W. Bush was President, but on National Day of Mourning history books are closed and students are learning first hand about the 41st President as he is remembered during his funeral.

"He was able to unite everybody. He was able to take in everybody. It didn't matter what party you were from. That's how he got stuff done," said Sophomore Elijah Snyder.

"This guy is the history book that we open up," said American History teacher Tyler Marcum.

He says his students are intrigued with the 41st President which is why he says watching the funeral services during class seemed like the right thing to do.

"When talking about communism and the fall of the Berlin Wall and it fell on his watch and different things like that. Kids will ask questions drawing conclusions from things that happen in the past to what we're talking about in current class," said Marcum.

"I saw him on the news a few times and he really looked like a really fun and interesting guy that really cared about his country," said Sophomore Emily Schwanberger.

What struck Elijah Snyder about the funeral services was political differences were set aside during the service.

"Despite George Bush's political views it's nice to see both people from both sides of the aisle get together and really appreciate his life," said Snyder.

He hopes the spirit of unity in a divided country will continue long after Mr. Bush is laid to rest.

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