Body of George HW Bush arrives for Washington memorial

Body of George HW Bush arrives for Washington memorial

Bush died Friday at his home in Houston at 94.

Members of the public can also pay their respects to the former President in person from 7:30 p.m. Monday to 7 a.m. Wednesday at the U.S. Capitol Rotunda in Washington.

Donald Trump has ordered the federal government closed on Wednesday for a national day of mourning.

Sent off from his beloved Texas with a 21-gun salute, Bush's casket was carried to Andrews Air Force Base outside the capital city aboard an aircraft that often serves as Air Force One.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Bush family during this hard time", said John Miller, President and CEO of America's VetDogs.

"A lovely day In Texas - 'ceiling and visibility unlimited, ' Mr. President", he wrote, in reference to the aviation code phrase for a desirable situation, one used by Bush's family and friends to spread the news of his death.

The seven-time Mr Olympia and action star hero built up a long and lasting friendship with the USA president and the 71-year-old Austrian-born superstar pointed out that Bush helped revolutionise the fitness boom in the 1990s. Trump and the first lady, Melania Trump, are scheduled to attend.

"But now I think we can see in retrospect that he was actually quite successful", Sabato added, particularly in foreign affairs, as he helped shape the Western response to the demise of the Soviet Union and the reunification of Germany. Americans will then mark a national day of mourning for Bush, as the state funeral is held.

The casket will then be flown back 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 1700 GMT Thursday. On Thursday, it will be buried on the grounds of Bush's presidential library at Texas A&M University. News of his death, however, was slow to spread across the country due to limited communication and travel at the time. After each time "he would bounce back", Baker said on ABC.

Still, when an aide told Bush his friend was visiting that day, "he perked up". He looked at me, he says, 'Hey, Bake.

His ceremony, overseen by reverend Patrick J Conroy, was attended by leading Republicans such as House Speaker Paul Ryan, who spoke in praise of Mr Bush.

Baker said Bush's last words, in a phone conversation with son George W. Bush, were these: "I love you too".

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