America was deeply saddened last week at the loss of former President George H.W. Bush, who passed away Nov. 30. Many country stars paid their respects, including Randy Travis, who participated in his "Thousand Points of Light" campaign, contributing the specially comissioned 1991 song "Point of Light" to it.

Travis issued the following statement the day following Bush's death, remembering that campaign and several other special memories he shared with the late president.

“Yesterday, the country lost a great American hero," he elaborated. "The world lost a wonderful human being whose greatest concern was for others, and for that which is right. President George Bush, Sr.’s steady leadership encouraged us all to work together to make a difference in his 'Thousand Points of Light' initiative, which I was blessed to be a part of.

"Also, performing at his 1989 Presidential Inaugural Gala was an honor I shall never forget," he continued. "I remember celebrating his 80th birthday with him. I will never take for granted the kindness he and Barbara, and the entire Bush family have shown me over the years. President Bush served our country well. He laughed often and lived well. He collected accomplishments, not accolades. His example as a faithful Christian father, friend, and family man never wavered.

"Thank you, Sir, for the difference you made in my life and millions of others...you will be missed and you will remain a true ‘point of light,'" Travis concluded, signing off with the title of his signature hit, "Forever and Ever, Amen."

Travis, who suffered a debilitating stroke in 2013, has been steadily working on rehabilitation over the past five years, and has made a number of public appearances spotlighting his journey to health.

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