Bush 41 Saluted, Remembered at Nations Capitol

Hannah Rogers
December 6, 2018

United States President Donald Trump will be in attendance at former President George H.W. Bush's funeral service on Wednesday (local time), although he will not deliver a eulogy.

The federal government and some financial exchanges will be closed on Wednesday for a day of mourning. Bush, who reportedly invited Trump to his funeral last summer, would not have wanted "anyone there to feel uncomfortable, including the incumbent president", one person said. Hogan plans to attend the service.

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

On Wednesday morning, a military band played "Hail to the Chief" as Bush's casket was carried down the steps of the U.S. Capitol, where he had lain in state.

Former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney praised Bush as a strong world leader who helped oversee the end of the Cold War and the collapse of the Soviet Union and set the stage for the North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico, achieved under his successor, Clinton.

Another person told the Post that Bush "wouldn't want anyone there to feel uncomfortable, including the incumbent president'".

Bush, 94, died Friday.

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With Bush's casket atop the Lincoln Catafalque, first used for Abraham Lincoln's 1865 funeral, dignitaries came forward Monday to honor the Texan whose efforts for his country extended three quarters of a century from World War II through his final years as an advocate for volunteerism and relief for people displaced by natural disaster.

If the Bushes are everything wrong with democracy, at least they didn't threaten it in the ways that Trump does. Flags on public buildings are flying at half-staff for 30 days.

Bush was elected president in 1988 after serving two terms as President Ronald Reagan's vice president. "Honestly I just liked him", he said.

After services in Washington, there will be another funeral in Houston on Thursday, followed by burial at the Bush Presidential Library in College Station, Texas.

Bush's service dog, a young Labrador retriever named "Sully", also walked past the casket and sat near it briefly.

House Speaker Paul Ryan alluded to that political setback in his Capitol remarks and said Bush handled defeat with grace.

Though the pair were only together for a short time - Sully was given to Bush in June after the passing of his wife, Barbara - it's evident from the dog's emotive state in the photo that they had developed a strong bond over their six months together.

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