Small town cherishes memory of Bush visit

Posted12/5/2018 1:00 AM

In 1988, President George H.W. Bush came to Glen Ellyn. I was fortunate to be the village president at the time and had the opportunity to meet with him privately for a few minutes. I remember clearly his towering presence, firm hand shake and his sincere thanks for inviting him to our town. More importantly, he said, "Towns like Glen Ellyn make up what America is all about." He wanted me to know how grateful he was for the hospitality of Glen Ellyn.

On Dec. 15, 1988, I received a personal note and a photograph taken together, from President Bush in which he said "Dear Mayor Formento, this is just a short note to let you know how much I appreciate your help during my visit to Glen Ellyn. I enjoyed it tremendously and look forward to returning soon."

I have always considered it a very rare happening in the history of Glen Ellyn to have President Ronald Reagan and President George Bush consecutively choose to come to Glen Ellyn. It demonstrates to me the respect and caring of both men for small-town America.

It is, therefore, with deep sadness that we say farewell to President Bush. Glen Ellyn and I will always cherish the memory of the time you spent in our town. God grant him rest.

Mike Formento

Glen Ellyn

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