Sent off with a 21-gun salute, George H.W. Bush left his beloved Texas for the final time Monday, headed to Washington as the nation paid tribute to the 41st president for a lifetime of public service that began in the Navy during World War II, ended with four years as president and was characterized throughout by what admirers say was decency, generosity and kindness.
"He said, 'Thank you, Mr. President.' And that's pretty much all that was said for a while".
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". His "thousand points of light" initiative honored the nation's volunteers. His casket will be transported by motorcade Wednesday morning to the National Cathedral, where a state funeral will be held at 11 a.m. EST.
Bush's casket will then lie in state in the Capitol rotunda until Wednesday's memorial service at the National Cathedral.
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.
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The casket will then be flown back on the presidential plane to Houston, where the former head of state will lie in repose at St Martin's Episcopal Church - where the Bushes worshiped for decades - until a funeral service at 17:00 GMT on Thursday. The casket will be in a auto with Plexiglas windows to allow people to see it during the trip, according to family spokesman Jim McGrath. Bush will be buried next to his wife Barbara, who died in April, and their daughter Robin, who died of leukemia at the age of three.