As I read this statement I thought, Boy, this is in Mattis’ own voice. In my experience, this is how he talks and thinks, especially that laden phrase “the going down of the day.”

President George Herbert Walker Bush, naval aviator, decorated in his youth for valor in combat, took his experience in war to build a better world as our commander in chief. His service to our nation demonstrated how we as a people can draw on our humility, diversity and devotion to our country to meet every challenge with fortitude and confidence. We will miss him, but at the going down of the day, his example will long guide our Sailors, Soldiers, Airmen, and Marines for how to live life without regret.”