Wednesday, 19 December, 2018

Soldiers, Bob Dole and family members among visitors at Bush's casket

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Andrew Cummings | 07 December, 2018, 05:56

Family spokesman Jim McGrath says Bush died shortly after 10 p.m. Friday, about eight months after the death of his wife, Barbara Bush.

Bush's funeral train will be the eighth in USA history and the first since Dwight D. Eisenhower's body traveled from the National Cathedral in Washington through seven states to his Kansas hometown of Abilene 49 years ago.

The church's pastor, Rev. Russell Levenson Jr., recalled the Bushes regularly attending services there and offering to give up their seats to others when the church was particularly crowded.

Mrs. Bush also visited with friends who take care of the White House residence, where she and President George W. Bush lived during his two terms in office from 2001 to 2009.

The current president has mocked the elder Bush for his "thousand points of light" call to volunteerism, challenged his son's legacy as president and trounced "low-energy" Jeb Bush in the Republican presidential primaries en route to office.

After services in Washington, Mr Bush will be returned to Houston to lie in repose at St Martin's Episcopal Church before burial on Thursday at his family plot on the library grounds.

Former President George W. Bush will deliver a eulogy for his late father at the funeral, as will former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, former US Sen. Postal Service will suspend most of their services for the National Day of Mourning on Wednesday, including deliveries.

With the presidential seal and the words "George Bush 41 Presidential Library and Museum" printed along its side, the two-locomotive, 11-car train was painted with sleek lines in blue, gray and white, to evoke Air Force One.

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Obama also said the late president's life "is a testament to the notion that public service is a noble, joyous calling". Mulroney said Bush asked him three years ago if he would speak at his funeral, and he said he'd be "honoured" to do it.

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George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton eventually became close friends and traveled together internationally.

George H.W. Bush is going to his final rest in Texas.

The president and first lady boarded a motorcade a little after 8 p.m. for the six-minute ride down Pennsylvania Avenue to the capitol.

George W Bush himself seemed to be holding back tears.

"I think he was one of the kindest, most generous men", visitor Marge Frazier said.

Bush died last week in Houston at age 94.

The images come just days after Sully's Instagram account shared a photo of the visibly sad pup in front of Bush's casket. Bush was elected US president in 1988 as the successor to Ronald Reagan.

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