Wednesday, 19 December, 2018

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APTOPIX GEORGE HW BUSH George H.W. Bush’s Casket Arrives at Capitol to Lie in State
| 06 December, 2018, 05:37

"Out of respect for the 41st president of the United States and to honor his vast contributions to our country during his lifetime, and consistent with the Presidential Proclamation, the United States Postal Service will suspend regular mail deliveries, retail services and administrative office activity on December 5".

The casket bearing the remains of former President George H.W. Bush arrived at the Capitol on Monday shortly after being transported to Andrews Air Base on the outskirts of Washington. Earlier Monday, Trump had posted that he was "Looking forward to being with the Bush Family to pay my respects to President George H.W. Bush".

Dozens of people gathered in the Capitol rotunda, in Washington, to pay their respects to the late George HW Bush.

They were joined by former Secretary of State Colin Powell, who led the U.S. military during the 1991 Gulf War, as well as USA generals from that campaign against Iraq.

Bush is the first president to lie in state since Gerald Ford, following his death in 2006.

Presidents are traditionally asked to eulogize presidents who have died - and in past state events like this, that has been the case - but the Bush family is unlike any other and has another president in the family who will fill that role.

Bush was a decorated World War II fighter pilot, one-time ambassador to China, former head of the Central Intelligence Agency, and vice president to Ronald Reagan before winning the White House.

Casket of former President George H.W. Bush is carried by a joint services military honor guard to a hearse at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland
George HW Bush Remembered Locally

House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., remembered volunteering for Bush's 1988 presidential campaign, including handing out literature at ballgames and at '"the Rock County 4-H fair". Flags on public buildings are flying at half-staff for 30 days.

Trump will attend the ceremony on Wednesday morning in Washington's National Cathedral along with First Lady Melania.

Remembrances to George and Barbara Bush sprang up in the Houston neighbourhood where they made their home, at a memorial to the late president at a city park and at the airport named in his honour.

Shortly before leaving the service, he married his 19-year-old sweetheart, Barbara Pierce, and forged the longest presidential marriage in US history.

Following the week of services, Bush will be laid to rest on his presidential library grounds at Texas A&M University, where his wife and Robin, his daughter who died of leukemia in 1953, are buried. He was elected to the first of two terms in Congress in 1967.

Mourners lined up to enter the Capitol beginning Monday evening for the public viewing.

"Who would have thought that I would be working with Bill Clinton of all people?" he joked in 2005. "Honestly I just liked him", he said.


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