George HW Bush begins final journey to Washington before burial in Texas

Bush's service dog Dec. 2 2018. Image Credit TWITTER  Jim McGrath

Bush's service dog Dec. 2 2018. Image Credit TWITTER Jim McGrath

The passing of former president George H.W. Bush over the weekend was obviously hard for a lot of people to hear.

In Washington, Bush will lie in state in the rotunda of the U.S. Capitol from Monday at 7:30 p.m. EST until Wednesday at 8:45 a.m. EST.

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Bush spokesperson Jim McGrath said the presidential aircraft's flights to carry the 41st American president are being dubbed "Special Air Mission 41", as he announced the plane's arrival in Houston.

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

In listening to what world leaders past and present are saying about former president Bush, perhaps Trump will look himself in the mirror and ask, why he does not command such respect from those whom Bush held dear? Obama welcomed Bush to the White House in a salute to public service and to the drive for volunteerism that the 41st president inspired with his "thousand points of light" initiative more than two decades ago.

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The high court will be closed on Wednesday in recognition of the national day of mourning, rescheduling that day's oral arguments over Gamble v.

"The last words George Bush ever said were I love you", James Baker, who served as secretary of state under Bush, told "Fox News Sunday".

Bush's casket will arrive to College Station from Houston by train on December 6, according to ABC-affiliate KXXV.

Use the hashtag#Honoring41 to share your memories/photos of#Bush41. The casket will be in a vehicle with Plexiglas windows to allow people to see it during the trip, according to family spokesman Jim McGrath. Many have also heralded Bush's 73-year marriage to his wife, Barbara Bush, who died months before her husband in April 2018.

From there, the president's casket will be taken to the U.S. Capitol in Washington. The casket will then be rolled along a path through woods, over a bridge and over a creek for burial during a private graveside service with Bush's family.

But for now, as George HW Bush's second son tweeted, Sully has the watch.

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