Neil Bush: What 41 wants for his birthday

Updated 2:22 PM EDT, Thu June 12, 2014

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His son says former President George H.W. Bush wants more than a skydive for his 90th

Neil Bush: Dad wants to continue to encourage people to serve the community

He says encouraging volunteer service was a hallmark of 41's presidency

Neil Bush: Volunteer as a way to honor my dad -- or yours

Editor’s Note: Editor’s note: CNN will air “41ON41,” a film about President George H.W. Bush, the 41st President of the United States, based on interviews with 41 people who know him best, at 9 and 11 p.m. ET Sunday, June 15. Neil Bush chairs the board of Points of Light, the largest organization in the world dedicated to volunteer service. He will join Chelsea Clinton to demonstrate that “Service Unites” on June 16 at the Points of Light Conference on Volunteering and Service in Atlanta. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.

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People keep asking me what my dad might like for his 90th birthday on June 12. I think I can answer that one.

He’d like to jump out of an airplane and feel that freedom one more time.

He’d like to have his family and close friends around him for a quiet celebration.

Neil Bush
Points of Light
Neil Bush

He’d like a good martini with a couple of olives.

But most of all, I know he’d like you, on the occasion of his birthday, to give to others. Volunteer service is Dad’s true north. He made it a centerpiece of his presidency, encouraging millions of people to look within to find “your own special genius for helping others.”