Honour guard, cannon as former President Bush takes last trip to Washington

Honour guard, cannon as former President Bush takes last trip to Washington

Bush, the eldest of the four Bush sons, and his wife, Laura, along with brother Neil Bush and his family, were aboard the plane for the trip from Houston.

A person close to the funeral preparations told The Post that the tone of Wednesday's funeral at the Washington National Cathedral will reflect the sense of propriety of Bush, who "wouldn't want anyone there to feel uncomfortable, including the incumbent president".

He died in Texas, his home state, late Friday at the age of 94 after several years of failing health.

It was set on the Lincoln Catafalque, first used for Abraham Lincoln's 1865 funeral, before a service to honour Bush, who served as president from 1989 to 1993.

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President Donald Trump did not attend, but he and first lady Melania Trump came to the Capitol later on Monday to pay tribute. Mr Bush himself seemed to be holding back tears.

"Just incredible", Jeb Bush tweeted. The church will also hold a second memorial service for the former president at 11 a.m. ET Thursday. His final resting place will be alongside Barbara Bush, his wife of 73 years who died in April, and Robin Bush, the daughter they lost to leukemia in 1953 at age 3.

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He added: "A attractive day In Texas - 'ceiling and visibility unlimited, ' Mr. President". Then the former president will lie in state in the Capitol's rotunda starting at 5 p.m. Monday until Wednesday morning. Public visitation hours began at 7:30 p.m. and were slated to continue until Wednesday at 8:45 a.m.

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His connection with the national pastime continued with George W. Bush's ownership of the Texas Rangers, he and attended Houston Astros games for many years.

"When you have a president who's also a hero from the war, and you're in the military, you feel some kind of kinship", said Deans, 67, from Alexandria, Va. He joined the navy when he turned 18.

The PGA of America honored Bush with its Distinguished Service Award in 1997. As a younger man, he survived the destruction of his Navy bomber by Japanese gunnery, served diplomatically from China to the United Nations to the Central Intelligence Agency, then lived to see one of his sons become a war-on-terror president and another's ambitions crushed by a single hyphenated word-"low-energy"-in the Trumpian cataclysm of 2016".

Baker called him "far and away the best one-term president we have ever had", alluding to Bush's single biggest political failure - his loss in the 1992 election to then-governor Bill Clinton. "I'm here out of respect", Whelan said.

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His presidency fell during a time of dramatic change as the Cold War ended, the Soviet Union broke up and the Berlin Wall fell. Bush served as Vice President to Ronald Reagan in the 1980s, and in 1988 won the Republican nomination for president.