George HW Bush's service dog Sully pays touching last tribute

George HW Bush's service dog Sully pays touching last tribute

"Mission complete", Jim McGrath tweeted along with the photo.

Sully is named after the airline pilot Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, who landed a passenger jet on the Hudson River in 2009, saving all 155 passengers and crew on board. H.W. Bush will be honored at several public and private events in Houston and Washington before his burial on Thursday in Texas.

The dog, which is highly trained, will help other veterans and is going to the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, according to CNN.

Sully can perform a bevy of sophisticated commands, including answering the phone and fetching lost items as small as a credit card.

Retired Gen Colin Powell, who as chairman of the joint chiefs of staff was Bush's top military adviser, said Bush was the "perfect American" and should be remembered for "a life of quality, a life of honor, a life of honesty, a life of total concern for the American people".

Visitors sign a guest book at the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library Center in College Station, Tex., on December 1, 2018. Barbara Bush died on April 17 at their Houston home.

"A great joy to welcome home the newest member of our family, 'Sully, ' a lovely, and beautifully trained, lab from America's VetDogs".

He said Bush was the first president he ever voted for and was "the first president to teach me and many of us that in a democracy sometimes you fall short", and how you handle that, "is just as important as how you win".

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George H.W. Bush and the four living ex-presidents gather in the White House shortly after Barack Obama's election.

"I think he was one of the kindest, most generous men", said Marge Frazier, who visited the downtown statue on Sunday while showing friends from California around.

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.

Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush will lie in state in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda starting Monday evening as Americans honor the life of the country's 41st president.

Bush's casket will be on public view until Wednesday morning, when it will be taken to the National Cathedral.

Donald Trump has ordered the federal government closed on Wednesday for a national day of mourning. Bush's family has not said who will speak at the service.

The 41st President will be carried to his final rest wearing socks that pay tribute to his lifetime of service, starting as an 18 year-old naval aviator in war.

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