A full schedule of George H.W. Bush’s memorial events, funeral

A full schedule of George H.W. Bush’s memorial events, funeral

"Mission complete", McGrath tweeted, showing Sully the dog.

Sully, the service dog that garnered national attention after Bush's death last week, entered the Capitol Rotunda and sat before Bush's casket for a few moments Tuesday morning.

"He was the first president I voted for", he said, calling the late president someone who felt "public service is more important than politics".

After the official ceremony, the public was allowed to pay its respects. Trump and former Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter are expected to attend the service, according to sources familiar with the planning of the funeral.

George W. Bush greeted Melania Trump with a kiss outside Blair House.

Democratic Representative Nancy Pelosi, the incoming House speaker, and Senate Democratic leader Charles (Chuck) Ellis Schumer placed wreaths at the ceremony.

George H.W. Bush's service dog, Sully, is honored: 'Mission complete'

The Bush family has assured Trump that eulogies at Wednesday's funeral will avoid any criticism of him, The Washington Post reported.

Gov. Larry Hogan announced Monday that Maryland state government agencies and offices will be closed Wednesday in honor of former President George H.W. Bush's "lifetime of service and unwavering dedication to our country".

Although Bush's funeral services are suffused with the flourishes accorded presidents, by his choice they will not include a formal funeral procession through downtown Washington. Said her friend Sue Miller, also in line for the viewing: "I actually think I underestimated him when he was in office". Bush will also be laid to rest next to Robin Bush, the family's 3-year-old daughter Pauline Robinson Bush, who died of leukemia 65 years ago.

After services in Washington, Bush's remains will be returned to Houston to lie in repose at St. Martin's Episcopal Church before burial Thursday at his family plot on the presidential library grounds at Texas A&M University in College Station.

The New York Stock Exchange, as well as the NASDAQ, also will close Wednesday after Trump called for Americans to remember the vast contributions of the 41st president, who died Friday at age 94.

"President Bush was a great leader who made a great difference in the life of this nation".

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