George H.W. Bush’s service dog accompanies casket to D.C.

Larry Hoffman
December 3, 2018

The USS George H.W. Bush, the last of 10 Nimitz-class aircraft carriers, was commissioned in 2009, and Bush himself attended its naming ceremony in 2002.

On Sunday, students, staff and visitors had flocked to Bush's presidential library on the campus of Texas A&M University, with thousands of mourners paying their respects at a weekend candlelight vigil at a nearby pond and others contributing to growing flower memorials at Bush statues at both the library and a park in downtown Houston.

The 41st United States president died Friday at age 94, at his home in Houston - "a very gentle and peaceful passing", his lifelong friend and advisor James Baker said Sunday on ABC's "This Week".

Bush was president from 1989 to 1993.

Funeral plans for former President George H.W. Bush, who died late Friday, have been announced.

Bush's son Jeb, the former Florida governor, retweeted the photo with the simple words "Sully has the watch". His death also reduces membership in the exclusive ex-presidents' club to four: Carter, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama.

"The 41st President will be carried to his final rest wearing socks that pay tribute to his lifetime of service, starting as an 18 year-old naval aviator in war".

"He added: "A attractive day In Texas - 'ceiling and visibility unlimited, ' Mr. President".

Bush received Sully in June from America's VetDogs nonprofit organisation.

Before then, Sully will travel with the coffin as it flies from Mr Bush's home to Washington DC on Monday.

After a speech from Vice President Mike Pence, Bush will lie in state in the US Capitol from Monday evening until Wednesday morning, under the watchful gaze of an around-the-clock honor guard.

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

Known as Sully, the golden Labrador can be seen lying just a few metres in front of Bush's casket, which is draped in the red, white, and blue of America's flag.

"As much as our family is going to miss this dog, we're comforted to know he'll bring the same joy to his new home, Walter Reed, that he brought to 41", Bush wrote.

The organization said Sully will be joining Walter Reed National Military Medical Center's facility dog program following his service with the late president.

His dog is named after the heroic pilot Chesley B "Sully" Sullenberger III who landed a plane on the Hudson River in NY saving all 155 people on board eight years ago.

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