On Monday George H.W. Bush embarked on his final tour of Washington as the nation prepared to bid farewell to its 41st president. "He and the first lady will attend the funeral at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C".
As the nation mourned the death of former president George H.W. Bush over the weekend, his beloved service dog was by his side to the end.
Mourners began lining up at the Capitol to pay respects to Bush, who died at his Houston home on Friday night at the age of 94, seven months after the death of his wife Barbara.
The casket carrying the body of George HW Bush is set to arrive in Washington on Monday afternoon, aboard the USA military plane commonly known as Air Force One.
Those reflections will continue throughout the week, when Bush's casket travels from Houston, Bush's hometown, to Washington, DC to lie in state in the United States Capitol.
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A photo posted of George H.W. Bush's service dog appearing to mourn beside the casket of his old master has left social media a little teary-eyed. A funeral service is set for Wednesday at the National Cathedral. This website is not intended for users located within the European Economic Area. Bush's casket will then be transported by motorcade to the presidential library, where he will be buried at the gated family plot near his wife and their daughter Robin, who died of leukemia at age 3.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, the first official to speak in the Rotunda, described George HW Bush as a "humble servant" and "a principled leader".
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. Wednesday has been designated by President Trump as a national day of mourning, and most federal agencies will be closed with federal workers given the day off. Flags on public buildings are flying at half-staff for 30 days.
Shortly before leaving the service, he married his 19-year-old sweetheart, Barbara Pierce, and forged the longest presidential marriage in US history. H.W. Bush will be honored at several public and private events in Houston and Washington before his burial on Thursday in Texas.
He was denied a second term by Arkansas Gov. Clinton, who would later become a close friend.