George HW Bush casket to arrive in Washington before state funeral

04 December, 2018, 00:56 | Author: Charlene Valdez
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His passing ushers in almost a week of remembrances and tributes in Washington, where Bush will lie in state at the US Capitol following a ceremony there Monday evening (Tuesday NZT).

"A handsome day In Texas - 'ceiling and visibility unlimited, ' Mr. President", he wrote, in reference to the aviation code phrase for a desirable situation, one used by Bush's family and friends to spread the news of his death.

Before that his remains will be taken to Ellington Field Joint Reserve Base, Houston and Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, ABC said.

Bush will be buried next to his wife Barbara Bush, who died in April, and Robin Bush, a daughter who died in 1953. (AAP) President George H.W. Bush receives applause from Vice President Dan Quayle, left, and House Speaker Thomas Foley prior to delivering his first State of the Union address on Capitol Hill in Washington in 1990.

The former president passed away on Friday at the age of 94.

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Sully, the Labrador Retriever, by former President George H.W. Bush's casket.

A caption alongside the original Instagram post on Sully's official account read "Mission complete" as the dog prepares to go back to VetDogs to be re-homed with the Walter Reed National Military Medical Centre's Facility Dog Programme which helps other veterans.

On Monday, the former president's body will be transported from a funeral home in Texas to the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., for a short arrival ceremony. A funeral service is set for Wednesday at the National Cathedral.

US President Donald Trump has indicated that he and first lady Melania Trump will attend the state funeral.

Trump has not always uttered kind words about the Bush family.

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Trump previously declared December 5 as a national day of mourning to honor the 41st president.

On Friday, a private funeral service with about 1200 invited guests will be held at the church. W Bush's service dog Sully guarding his casket has warmed hearts online. Bush's remains will then be taken by funeral train auto to College Station, Texas.

Shortly before leaving the service, he married his 19-year-old sweetheart, Barbara Pierce, and forged a 73-year union that was the longest presidential marriage in U.S. history until her death.

"I think he was one of the kindest, most generous men", said Marge Frazier, who visited the downtown statue on Sunday while showing friends from California around.

Roberto Molina, whose family owns Molina's Cantina, one of Bush's favourite Tex-Mex restaurants in Houston, said he remembers Bush's kindness to his staff whenever he would stop by to eat.

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