President H.W. Bush to lie in state in Washington, D.C.

US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump pay their respects as the remains of former US President George HW Bush lie in state in the US Capitol

George HW Bush Remembered Locally

The crew, who flew the plane to Houston on Sunday, have been tasked with carrying out "Special Air Mission 41", the number a reference to Bush's place in the roster of America's presidents.

He will be honored during several public and private events in Houston and Washington before his burial Thursday in Texas.

On Wednesday, family and friends will gather at the National Cathedral in Washington, DC, for a 9 a.m. MT memorial service.

Like moonwalker Neil Armstrong, George H.W. Bush quietly grieved for decades the loss of a tiny child-a daughter named Robin, taken by leukemia when she was only three-then ascended to heights few men achieve. They exited the rotunda with little fanfare.

Trump's relationship with the Bush family has been tense. Wrote another, "Truly a handsome and heartbreaking moment". The Trumps visited Bush's casket Monday evening.

Bush's death has also led to a series of symbolic moments.

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Cannon roared again outside the Capitol as the sun sank and his eldest son, former President George W Bush, stood with his hand over his heart, watching the casket's procession up the steps.

Colin Powell, who was chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff during that war, said he was confident in Bush's leadership because, as a World War II veteran, "He knew what combat was all about. He kept us flying high and challenged us to fly higher still".

"As one person said, he can do just about anything except make you a martini, but not to worry, he can go get you someone to make you a martini", Bush family spokesman Jim McGrath said in June.

The President's remains are being flown from Texas to Washington, D.C. on Monday and will lie in state from 7:30 p.m. on Monday until 8:45 a.m. on Wednesday. Dignitaries and members of the public have been lining up to pay their respects at Bush's casket in the Rotunda, open until Wednesday's funeral.

Among them was Kim Frinzell, a government employee who did not vote for Bush but grew to respect his accomplishments, including signing the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act.

The dog, "Sully", a specially trained Golden Labrador Retriever, is seen next to the 41st president's flag-draped coffin.

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Whenever a president dies, all current and living presidents typically attend the funeral, as well as their partners.

"George Bush was just a teenager when he volunteered for military service and became the Navy's youngest aviator", he said.

Bush died Friday at his home in Houston at age 94.

Baker instead emphasised his friend's foreign-policy successes: navigating the end of the Cold War, negotiating two nuclear arms-reduction treaties, and summoning a varied global coalition to eject Iraqi troops from Kuwait in the first Gulf War.

Soon after he reached the height of his political popularity following the liberation of Kuwait, with public approval ratings that are the envy of today's politicians, the United States economy began to sour and voters began to believe that Bush, never a great communicator - something even he acknowledged - was out of touch with ordinary people. The US economy slid into recession in 1990, and recovery was sluggish, conditions which contributed to his 1992 election defeat by Clinton.

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