Reba McEntire, Oak Ridge Boys sing at Bush's Texas funeral

Reba McEntire, Oak Ridge Boys sing at Bush's Texas funeral

A national funeral service for Bush was held Wednesday in Washington.

The Oak Ridge Boys sang for their president on Thursday (Dec. 6), making good on a promise to perform "Amazing Grace" at President George H.W. Bush's funeral.

St. Martin's Episcopal Church was the Bush family church, and Bush's longtime pastor delivered the homily.

They were fellow World War II veterans, Republican Party leaders, fierce rivals for the 1988 Republican presidential nomination won by Bush ("Stop lying about my record", Dole snapped at Bush) and skilled negotiators.

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"When the history books are written, they will say that George HW Bush was a great president of the United States".

Meacham remembered Bush as "America's last great soldier statesman, a 20th century founding father", who stood firm against both totalitarianism and "unthinking partisanship". "He stood in the breach in Washington against unthinking partisanship", he said.

Despite any bad blood, the family of the 41st president made it clear that Trump was invited to his funeral - in contrast with the last state funeral for Republican Sen.

Still, there were reminders of lingering tensions. Bush said of his father's style.

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Who will attend and speak at George H.W. Bush's funeral?

"I'm much more optimistic because I don't come here often".

The funeral service began at 10 a.m. local time on Thursday, with more than a thousand people in attendance, according to The Associated Press. He will be missed! Carter was seated silently next to Hillary Clinton in the cavernous cathedral.

US President Donald Trump stared straight ahead. Bush's former secretary of state James Baker also gave a eulogy. One of only a handful of Union Pacific trains to bear a color scheme other than the company's traditional gray and yellow, it's painted to resemble Air Force One with a white body, a presidential seal and and long vertical bars of blue. REUTERS/Mike Theiler A joint service honor guard loads the casket of former US President George H.W. Bush into the waiting hearse on the East Front of the US Capitol in Washington, DC, USA, 05 December 2018.

In the crowd sat Jordan's King, Britain's Prince of Wales, Germany's Chancellor and Poland's President, a reflection of a foreign policy hailed as measured and based in core American values. Many federal offices are closed along with Wall Street stock markets.

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"After Mrs. Bush's death, general companionship was a big part of Sully's job", John Miller, president and CEO of America's VetDogs, said in a phone interview.