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George H.W. Bush's funeral begins in Washington before his burial in Texas

Manuela Cardiga
Dec 04, 2018
06:48 A.M.

The Nation pays homage to George H.W. Bush with a solemn cortege that will take him from Washington D.C. to his native Texas for burial.

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America bids a sad farewell to a man who had served his country well both in office and on the field of battle.

On November 30, 2018, George H.W. Bush passed away at his home in Houston at the age of 94, and his body will be transported in a hearse and accompanied by a motorcade to Ellington Field Joint Reserve Base where he will be accorded full military honors before boarding Airforce One. The details of his funeral arrangements were shared by CBS News on live stream on Youtube.

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STATE FUNERAL FOR FORMER PRESIDENT GEORGE H.W. BUSH ON DECEMBER 5

The former President will be honored with yet another ceremony on his arrival at Joint Base Andrews before being taken to Washington, where he will lie in state in the U.S. Capitol from December 3 to the afternoon of the 5th.

The tribute will take place over 4 days, starting with his casket lying in state at the Capitol with a 24-hour guard of honor in attendance, during which time the public will be permitted to pay their last respects to the 41st President of the USA.

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FUNERAL MASS AT THE WASHINGTON NATIONAL CATHEDRAL

On December 5th, there will be a departure ceremony at the Capitol, and at 11:00 am the former President will be carried to the Washington National Cathedral for the funeral rites. The ceremony will be attended by foreign dignitaries, former presidents and notable scions of American politics.

The tribute will take place over 4 days, starting with his casket lying in state at the Capitol with a 24-hour guard of honor in attendance, during which time the public will be permitted to pay their last respects to the 41st President of the USA.

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PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP TO PAY HIS RESPECTS TO GEORGE H.W. BUSH

Also present at the Cathedral will be the current President of the United States, Donald Trump. The requiem for George H.W. Bush is expected to last for 90 minutes. After the service, the former President will be transported back to Joint Base Andrews and flown back to back to Houston.

SPECIAL TRAIN TO CARRY FORMER PRESIDENT TO HIS FINAL REST

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The former President will be taken to St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Houston, where his deceased wife's funeral was held in April 2018, allowing Texas citizens to pay their last respects to their illustrious native son.

Bush's casket will then board a train specially constructed for the purpose with a glass viewing car. The train will take the former President to the Texas A&M University in College Station, home to the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum.

Here, George H.W. Bush will be laid to rest beside his wife, Barbara Bush, and his daughter Robin.

A LIFE SPENT IN SERVICE TO HIS COUNTRY

Although George H.W. Bush served his country as its 41st President from 1989 to 1993, his service to the United States started when he enlisted in the Navy at 18. Trained as a Navy pilot, Bush flew 58 combat missions during World War II.

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After he returned from the war, Bush, who came from a wealthy Texas family, married Barbara Pierce and together they raised 6 children. In 1953 the family was shattered by the death of their daughter Robin of leukemia before her 4th birthday.

In 1966 Bush presented himself as a candidate to the U.S. House of Representatives and won the election. It was his first step in politics.

Four years later President Richard Nixon appointed him to the prestigious position of the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.

Bush served President Ronald Reagan for 8 years as his Vice President, and in the 1988 Presidential campaign, he defeated Michael Dukakis to achieve the highest office in the land: President of the United States.

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