Former first daughter and granddaughter Jenna Bush Hager honored George H. W. Bush's birthday in a touching Instagram post

By Colleen Cronin
June 12, 2019 12:55 PM

On what would have been George H. W. Bush’s 95th birthday, his granddaughter Jenna Bush Hager honored the former president in a touching Instagram post.

Sitting with his great-granddaughter Mila among some empty chairs in the photo, Bush is seen holding Hager’s daughter’s hand.

The Today Show correspondent captioned the photo, “Happy Birthday dear Gamps! Today: I imagine the empty chairs next to you filled with those you love. Gans, no doubt next to you, holding your hand.”

“Love you more than tongue can tell,” Hager signed off on the commemorative Instagram post.

Former first lady Barbra Bush would have also celebrated her 94th birthday earlier this month on June 8.

Hager, 37, also wished her “Gans” a happy birthday last Saturday on Twitter.

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President and Mrs. Bush were married in 1945 and together created an American political dynasty.

Mrs. Bush died in April 2018, while the former president and naval veteran died the following November.

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After 73 years of marriage, the senior Bush was still heartbroken over the loss of his wife when he died seven months later, according to ABC News.

There was an outpouring of support for the Bush family after the 41st president died, which Hager previously revealed meant a lot.

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Former President George H. W. Bush with his grandchildren in 1990. Jenna, left, Barbara, right, and Sam front.
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“It’s very interesting when you lose these people that you love so much and also you’re filled with awe that they’re beloved by everybody,” Hager told PEOPLE in February about her grandparents.

In honor of the late president’s birthday, the United States Postal Service has created a new stamp in his honor. The stamp features a portrait of Bush painted by artist Michael J. Deas, which is in turn based on a 1997 photograph by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders.

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