Former President George W. Bush honored John Lewis in a speech at his funeral, saying that Lewis' "lesson for us it is that we must all keep ourselves ... open to hearing the call of love, the call of service and a call to sacrifice for others.”
Bush acknowledged that while they may have disagreed at times, Lewis upheld democracy as one of the most important tenets of America.
“John and I had our disagreements, of course. But in the America John Lewis fought for and the America I believe in, differences of opinion are inevitable elements and evidence of democracy in action,” Bush said.
“We live in a better and nobler country today because of John Lewis and his abiding faith in the power of God, in the power of democracy and in the power of love to lift us all to a higher ground. The story that began in Troy isn't ending here today, nor is the work,” he added.