Former President George HW Bush misses parade due to hospitalization

Updated: 4:31 p.m. on May 28, 2018

KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine (AP) — The hospitalization of former President George H.W. Bush caused him to miss out on the local Memorial Day parade that he traditionally attends.

The 93-year-old was taken to a hospital Sunday after he experienced low blood pressure and fatigue. A spokesman said he'd likely be in the hospital for a couple of days for observation. There was no immediate update on his condition on Monday.

Residents attending Monday's Memorial Day parade in Kennebunkport, down the road from Bush's summer home, expressed concern for the nation's 41st president.

The event's grand marshal, Tom Willey, mentioned the president in his remarks, wishing him a speedy recovery.

"He's such a figure at our parades. He was definitely missed," said Shawn Hayes, vice commander of American Legion Post 159.
Bush arrived for the summer in Maine on May 20 without his wife of 73 years, Barbara Bush, who died in April in Houston.

The day before his hospitalization, Bush attended a pancake breakfast at the local American Legion hall. His former national security adviser, retired Air Force Lt. Gen. Brent Scowcroft, joined them.

Bush was a Navy pilot in World War II and survived being shot down over the Pacific Ocean. His two crew members died. 

Posted: 1:51 p.m. on May 27, 2018

(CBS NEWS) -- Former President George H.W. Bush has been hospitalized in Maine after experiencing "low blood pressure and fatigue," according to Bush spokesperson Jim McGrath.

McGrath tweeted that Bush was admitted to Southern Maine Health Care and will likely remain in the hospital for a "few days" for observation. "The former president is awake and alert and not in any discomfort," he added.

The 41st president was recently hospitalized for 13 days in late April and early May for an infection that spread to his blood. He was admitted the day after the funeral for his wife of 73 years, Barbara Bush. The 93-year-old has a form of Parkinson's disease and uses a wheelchair and electric scooter to get around. In 2017, he was hospitalized for about two weeks with pneumonia and chronic bronchitis.

Mr. Bush had arrived in Maine to spend time at his family compound for the summer in Kennebunkport last week.

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