Moving photo of President Bush's dog paying tribute

Mae Harvey
December 5, 2018

His remains will arrive in Washington on Monday, and he will lie in state at the Capitol through Wednesday.

Michelle Obama is canceling two book tour dates to attend President George H.W. Bush's funeral.

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.

To honor the former president, the worldwide nonprofit Points of Light, founded by Bush, invited the public to celebrate Bush by giving a day of service in his memory.

Ms Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, the Senate Democratic leader, placed wreaths in the short ceremony before the rotunda was to be opened to the public. Jim McGrath, Bush's spokesman, tweeted on Monday that 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".

As of Monday afternoon, the post had been retweeted 59,701 times and liked by 231,556 Twitter users.

The crew, who flew the plane to Houston on Sunday, have been tasked with carrying out "Special Air Mission 41", the number a reference to Bush's place in the roster of America's presidents.

To commemorate the first former president to die since Gerald Ford in 2006, officials have announced a detailed, four-day schedule of celebratory services and homages, organised with military precision by the Pentagon task force charged with protecting the USA capital.

"He was a good man. who was devoted to his wife and family", Pence said of Bush, whose wife, former first lady Barbara Bush, died in April.

The body of the Republican former president will lie in state at the Rotunda through Wednesday, when a state funeral is scheduled at the Washington National Cathedral.

Her Majesty has handed the Prince of Wales a major role at the funeral of former US President George H.W. Bush. Flags on public buildings are flying at half-staff for 30 days.

The 41st President of the United States died on November 30, 2018.

Also present as Bush left on his final trip was his service dog Sully.

Bush, a Navy pilot, was shot down during the war in 1944.

"We'll be spending three days of mourning and three days of celebrating a really great man's life", Trump said in Argentina where he was attending the G20 summit.

In a recent essay, Clinton declared of Bush: "I just loved him".

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