Washington to pay respects, bid farewell to George H.W. Bush

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HOUSTON (AP) – George H.W. Bush is set to embark on his final tour of Washington as a nation prepares to bid farewell to its 41st president.

His remains will arrive in Washington on Monday, and he will lie in state at the Capitol through Wednesday. An invitation-only funeral service is set for Wednesday at Washington National Cathedral, to be attended by President Donald Trump and other dignitaries.

Bush will then be returned to Houston for burial Thursday at his presidential library at Texas A&M University.

He will be laid to rest alongside Barbara Bush, his wife of 73 years who died in April, and Robin Bush, the daughter who died of leukemia at age 3.

Bush was president from 1989 to 1993. He died Friday in Houston at age 94.

DALLAS (AP) – George H.W. Bush sent U.S. troops to help starving Somalis during his presidency and later teamed up with his one-time rival, Bill Clinton, to raise money for victims of natural disasters. It was all part of Bush’s vision for what he called a “kinder, gentler nation.” Bush was a humanitarian and made volunteerism a hallmark of his presidency from 1989 to 1993. His “thousand points of light” initiative honored the nation’s volunteers. Bush died Friday at his Houston home at age 94.

HOUSTON (AP) – George H.W. Bush is set to embark on his final tour of Washington, the capital city that is remembering the 41st president’s lifetime of public service that began in the Navy during World War II and ended with one term as president and commander in chief. Bush will lie in state beneath the soaring U.S. Capitol rotunda for a ceremony and public visitation from Monday through Wednesday, followed by an invitation-only funeral service before he is returned to Houston to be laid to rest.

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Kennedy Center Honors program celebrating cultural achievement opened with a standing ovation for the late President George H.W. Bush. Host Gloria Estefan recalled Bush as a “wonderful man” who “graciously attended this event many times during his administration.” This year’s honorees were Cher, composer Phillip Glass, country music star Reba McEntire, jazz icon Wayne Shorter and the “Hamilton” co-creators. The current president, Donald Trump, declined an invitation for the second year.

HOUSTON (AP) – Former President George H.W. Bush will be honored during public and private events over the next four days in Houston and Washington before a burial in Texas. The events begin Monday and include a state funeral at Washington’s National Cathedral and a private service at Bush’s longtime church in Houston. The public will be able to pay their last respects during public viewings. Bush will be buried Thursday in College Station next to his wife Barbara and their daughter Robin who died in 1953.