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Updated On: Monday, 10 December 2018

Final Eulogies Set for Former US President George HW Bush

Content by: Voice of America

WASHINGTON —

The family of George Herbert Walker Bush will say their final goodbyes to the nation’s 41st president in a private funeral service Thursday in his adopted hometown of Houston, Texas.

A plane carrying the late president from Washington arrived in Houston Wednesday evening and his flag-draped casket was taken to St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, where his body was to lie in repose overnight so the public could file past and pay their respects.

After Thursday’s private services, the former president will be taken by a train, pulled by an engine commissioned in his honor, 120 kilometers north to the city of College Station for burial at his presidential library on the grounds of Texas A&M University. He will be laid to rest alongside his wife of 73 years, Barbara, who died earlier this year, and their daughter, Robin, who succumbed to leukemia in childhood.

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.
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.

Five U.S. presidents assembled at the Washington National Cathedral for Wednesday’s state funeral for George H.W. Bush, who died last Friday in Texas at the age of 94.

“He taught us public service was noble and necessary,” his son and the 43rd president, George W. Bush, told the invited guests at Washington National Cathedral. “He had an enormous capacity to give of himself.”

President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump, former President Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, former President Bill Clinton, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former President Jimmy Carter, former applaud during a State Funeral for former President George H.W. Bush at the National Cathedral, Dec. 5, 2018, in Washington. In the second row are Vice President Mike Pence, and his wife Karen Pence, former Vice President Dan Quayle, and his wife Marilyn Quayle and former Vice President Dick Cheney and his wife Lynn Cheney, former Vice President Joe Biden and his wife Jill Biden.
President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump, former President Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, former President Bill Clinton, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former President Jimmy Carter, former applaud during a State Funeral for former President George H.W. Bush at the National Cathedral, Dec. 5, 2018, in Washington. In the second row are Vice President Mike Pence, and his wife Karen Pence, former Vice President Dan Quayle, and his wife Marilyn Quayle and former Vice President Dick Cheney and his wife Lynn Cheney, former Vice President Joe Biden and his wife Jill Biden.

President Donald Trump had no speaking role during the Episcopalian service, a break from recent tradition and in accordance with George H.W. Bush’s wishes.

Trump had tweeted before the service:

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.

Trump, the day before, spent 20 minutes visiting Bush family members, who were staying at Blair House, across the street from the White House. Blair House is also known as the President’s Guest House.

Trump, accompanied by first lady Melania Trump, shook hands inside the cathedral with his immediate two-term predecessor, Barack Obama, and wife Michelle, but the tension between the Trumps and Obama was palpable in the pews, epitomizing the nation’s political divide.

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