Crowds honor Bush for long service, from war to White House

06 December, 2018, 05:34 | Author: Lucy Floyd
  • Body of George H.W. Bush arrives in Maryland ahead of state funeral

At the Capitol, the remains of the 41st president will lie in state and the public may pay their respects from 7:30 p.m. on Monday until 7 a.m. on Wednesday, after which a formal funeral ceremony for the former USA leader will be held in the nation's capital.

December 5 has been declared a national holiday and that means there will be no mail delivery. Alan Simpson, who became a close friend to Bush, and presidential historian Jon Meacham, the late president's biographer. President Donald Trump did not attend, but he and first lady Melania Trump came to the Capitol later Monday to pay tribute.

However, he did admit that some of Trump's harsh criticisms against his father, as well as against his grandfather and uncle, former President George W. Bush, did sting.

The German government press service announced on Monday that Chancellor Angela Merkel will fly to Washington D.C., to take part in the memorial service for the late President, who oversaw the end of the Cold War and the reunification of Germany.

The late president's eulogists - son included - noted Bush's tendency to tangle his words and show his goofy side.

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Trump tweeted Wednesday that the day marked "a celebration for a great man who has led a long and distinguished life".

Bush, who died Friday at the age of 94, will be memorialized on Wednesday at the National Cathedral in Washington. Service dogs are trained to do that.

Bush, the 41st president of the USA, died at the age of 94 on November 30 and is being remembered across the nation as a lifelong public servant and dedicated family man.

A United States president is believed to have said the easiest way to find a friend in Washington was to get a dog.

Though the pair were only together for a short time - Sully was given to Bush in June after the passing of his wife, Barbara - it's evident from the dog's emotive state in the photo that they had developed a strong bond over their six months together.

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Fred Curry, one of the few African-Americans in line, is a registered Democrat from Hyattsville, Maryland, who voted for Bush in 1988, the election won by the one-term president.

Bush's service dog, a young Labrador retriever named "Sully", also walked past the casket and sat near it briefly.

"Here lies a great man", said Rep. Paul Ryan, the House speaker, and "a gentle soul". John McCain was the last person to lie in state at the Capitol after his death in August.

Presidents Donald Trump, Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter are all expected to attend the service, according to sources familiar with the planning of the funeral.

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