Washington's political elite paid tribute to former US President George H.W. Bush as his body lay in state in the Capitol on Monday, evoking a bygone era of bipartisan civility in American politics.
Mr. Bush served the country from World War II to the end of the Cold War, and beyond.
In a moment made for the history books, the sun set over Washington as the the casket bearing Mr. Waiting at the top were more than a dozen members of the former president's cabinet, along with former Vice President Dan Quayle and an emotional 43rd president, George W. Bush.
The Bush family wants to keep services honoring former President George H.W. Bush about his life and accomplishments, avoiding the type of politics that were on display at the late Sen. Bush, died late Friday at his Houston home at age 94, is to be honored with a state funeral at National Cathedral in the nation's capital on Wednesday, followed by burial Thursday on the grounds of his presidential library at Texas A&M. Flags on public buildings are flying at half-staff for 30 days.
Bush died Friday at 10:10 p.m., McGrath previously confirmed. The number is a reference to Bush's place in the roster of America's presidents. His remains are scheduled to arrive at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland in the afternoon.
Sully, a yellow Labrador retriever, became Bush's new service dog in June.
"And I would want to encourage moms to look at what good leaders are and to never lose hope that they can't raise their children with good morals and integrity". An aide revealed this weekend that Mr.
After the war, Mr.
House Speaker Paul Ryan praised George H.W. Bush as a "great patriot", and the first president he had been able to cast a ballot for as a young man.
In an invocation opening Monday evening's ceremony, the U.S. House chaplain, the Rev. Patrick J Conroy, praised Bush's commitment to public service, from Navy pilot to congressman, United Nations ambassador, envoy to China and then Central Intelligence Agency director before being elected vice president and then president.