More than 11,000 people paid their respects to George H.W. Bush as the 41st president lay in repose all night at a Houston church where his family worshipped.
Roberts said she believes Bush will be remembered for his role in the decline and eventual downfall of the Soviet Union. "He stood in the breach in the Cold War against totalitarianism".
The Oak Ridge Boys will perform "Amazing Grace" and Reba McEntire will sing "The Lord's Prayer" at Thursday's services at Houston's St. Martin's Episcopal Church.
The Honor Guard carries the casket of former president George Herbert Walker Bush down the center isle following a memorial ceremony at the National Cathedral in Washington, Dec. 5, 2018.
A patrician figure, Bush was voted out of office in part for failing to connect with ordinary Americans during an economic recession.
The current president, who has had a contentious public feud with the Bush family, earlier had declared Wednesday a national day of mourning, closing federal agencies, suspending regular mail delivery and closing stock markets.
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Along with Donald Trump and Melania Trump, former U.S. presidents Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama were seated in the first row of the Washington National Cathedral along with their spouses when Bush, the 43rd president took a moment to shake each of their hands. A number of dignitaries were in attendance, including President Trump and the four living ex-presidents-Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama-German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Prince Charles. Trump had called the trade deal unfair to the USA and moved to replace it.
"A great and noble man, the best father a son or daughter could have".
George H.W. Bush is going to his final rest in Texas.
Before aircraft, if a president needed to travel anywhere in the United States, he went by train.