The nation honors George H.W. Bush

The nation honors George H.W. Bush

The United States Postal Service (USPS) is halting its regular mail deliveries on Wednesday in honor of former President George H.W. Bush.

Members of the military served as pallbearers, carrying the flag-draped casket from a hearse into the rotunda.

"I think he was one of the kindest, most generous men", said Marge Frazier, who visited the downtown statue.

A similar outpouring is anticipated in Washington this week during the state funeral for Bush, who died late on Friday at his home in Houston.

Bush's remains will be transported to the U.S. Capitol on Monday afternoon, where another arrival ceremony will be held starting at 4:45 p.m. ET, and will involve both the House and Senate, CNN reported. An invitation-only funeral service, which the Trumps will attend, is set for Wednesday at Washington National Cathedral.

The golden labrador who worked as a service dog for President George HW Bush has been pictured resting beside his coffin, in a moving tribute.

To commemorate the first former president to die since Gerald Ford in 2006, officials have announced a detailed, four-day schedule of celebratory services and tribute, organised with military precision by the Pentagon task force charged with protecting the U.S. capital.

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Bush will be buried next to his wife Barbara Bush, who died in April, and Robin Bush, a daughter who died in 1953.

After the official ceremony, the public will be allowed to pay its respects.

"We'd play one of those very quick rounds, 18 holes in probably under two and a half hours", Woods said.

Political analyst Larry Sabato at the University of Virginia said Bush's stature among the country's 45 presidents has grown in the quarter century since he left office.

The elder Pence said his son had graduated from Naval aviator training - which he said included making a "tailhook" landing on the U.S.S. George H.W. Bush.

Federal agencies were also closed for Ronald Reagan's 2004 day of mourning, which George W. Bush ordered to take place on the day of his June funeral. His death also reduces membership in the exclusive ex-presidents' club to four: Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama.

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