KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine (AP) — Maine’s Memorial Day celebrations were absent two prominent Texans who died last year.

The American Legion has two empty chairs in Kennebunkport’s Dock Square on Monday in memory of all of the times former President George H.W. Bush and his wife Barbara watched the Memorial Day parade from that spot.

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George H.W. Bush and his wife Barbara on January 6, 2015. (credit: George Bush Presidential Library and Museum)

Mark Matthews from American Legion Post 159 said organizers wanted to acknowledge the absence of Bush, a long-time summer resident and a Navy veteran. He missed last year’s parade after falling ill after attending an American Legion pancake breakfast earlier in the weekend.

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He died at age 94 on November 30, more than seven months after his wife’s death.

Kennebunkport Town Manager Laurie Smith said the Bushes’ absence is felt every day. She said it will be a “strange” summer without their presence.

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