Bush funeral opens with song from inauguration

10:15 a.m.

The Houston funeral for George H.W. Bush has opened with an anthem sung at his inauguration.

The St. Martin’s Parish Choir performed “This is My Country” at Thursday’s funeral, which is the last public remembrance for the 41st president before his burial later Thursday during a private service at his presidential library in College Station.

The funeral at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church also included the hymn “O Beautiful for Spacious Skies.”

Bush’s longtime friend and secretary of state, James Baker, is set to give a eulogy, along with Bush’s grandson, George P. Bush.

10 a.m.

Funeral services have begun at a Houston church for George H.W. Bush, the last public remembrance for the former president who will be laid to rest Thursday.

About 1,200 mourners were expected at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church for the service, which will include eulogies from Bush’s secretary of state, James Baker, and his grandson, George P. Bush.

The funeral follows three days of events in Washington honoring the 41st president.

After the Houston funeral, a special train painted to resemble Air Force One will carry Bush’s casket, family and close friends about 70 miles (115 kilometers) to College Station, where he will be buried in a private service alongside his late wife, Barbara Bush, and their daughter Robin, who died of leukemia in 1953 at age 3.

9:50 a.m.

Former President George W. Bush and other family members have arrived at a Houston church to remember former President George H.W. Bush.

About 1,200 mourners were expected to attend Thursday’s funeral service at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, where the Bush family worshipped.

After the funeral, a hearse will carry Bush’s casket from St. Martin’s to a Union Pacific facility north of Houston near the international airport named for him. There, his casket will be placed on a special train that will travel to his presidential library in College Station, where he will be buried.

The country said goodbye to Bush Wednesday in a national funeral service in Washington.

Bush died last week at age 94.

9:40 a.m.

Former basketball star Yao Ming and Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt are among a handful of sports figures attending the Houston funeral for President George H.W. Bush.

Baseball Hall of Famers Nolan Ryan and Jeff Bagwell also arrived Thursday morning for the service at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, where the Bush family worshipped.

Bush was a fan of his hometown teams. He joined his son, former President George W. Bush, on the field before Game 5 of the 2017 World Series in Houston.

Astros owner Drayton McLane and former Los Angeles Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda are also in attendance.

About 1,200 mourners are expected at the service. Bush died last week at age 94.

8:25 a.m.

Guests have started to arrive at the Houston church where former President George H.W. Bush is being remembered.

Services for the 41st president are set for Thursday morning at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, where the Bush family worshipped. The church’s doors opened two hours early for guests, who arrived on buses with marquees reading “George H.W. Bush.”

About 1,200 mourners are expected at the service. Bush’s grandchildren are serving as honorary pallbearers and as readers in the service.

After the funeral, a hearse will carry Bush’s casket from St. Martin’s to a Union Pacific facility north of Houston near the international airport named for him. There, his casket will be placed on a special train that will travel to his presidential library in College Station, where he will be buried.

Bush died last week at age 94

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