George HW Bush casket to arrive in Washington before state funeral

Ross Houston
December 4, 2018

George H.W. Bush's casket was placed in the center of the Capitol Rotunda in a solemn ceremony on Monday evening to honor the 41st president, who died on Friday at 94.

Trump also announced that he'll be sending one of the Boeing 747s that serves as Air Force One to Houston to transport Bush's casket to Washington, D.C. 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.

The former president will lie in state inside the U.S. Capitol building from late Monday to Wednesday morning. He died Friday at his Houston home at age 94, and his body is heading to Washington for a state funeral.

Trump and his wife Melania are to attend the funeral at the Washington National Cathedral, as will other former presidents and their wives.


Many spoke of Bush's role in a bygone era of bipartisan civility in USA politics, a sharp contrast to today's bitter divisions in the age of President Donald Trump, a fellow Republican.

"The president and first lady were notified late last night of President George H.W. Bush's passing", Sanders said in the Saturday statement.

Bush served two terms as vice president under Republican President Ronald Reagan before his own stint in the Oval Office from 1989 to 1993, a time that saw the end of the Cold War as well as the USA routing of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein's army in the 1991 Gulf War.

"I think he was one of the kindest, most generous men", said Marge Frazier, who visited the downtown statue.


"Looking forward to being with the Bush Family to pay my respects to President George H.W. Bush", Trump tweeted Monday.

Bush paid tribute to his father on 60 minutes on Sunday, saying that his father gave him and his family "unconditional love".

Masters champion and Houston native Patrick Reed recalled meeting both Bush and his son George W. Bush, remembering them as "amazing people". For those who want to pay their respects, the Bush family requested that donations be made to the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University to "help ensure that President Bush's legacy of public service with integrity is perpetuated".

Bush served two terms as vice president under fellow Republican President Ronald Reagan before his own stint in the Oval Office from 1989 to 1993, a time that saw the end of the Cold War as well as the United States' routing of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein's army in the 1991 Gulf War.


"Who would have thought that I would be working with Bill Clinton of all people?" he joked in 2005.

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