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

Sully the golden Labrador is going to help wounded heroes once his service with the former US president is finished

Sully the golden Labrador is going to help wounded heroes once his service with the former US president is finished

Social media users were moved to tears after a picture was shared of George HW Bush's service dog asleep next to his coffin.

Sully will reportedly be traveling with the former President's casket on his flight to Washington, D.C. on Monday. His final resting place will be alongside Barbara Bush, his wife of 73 years who died in April at the age of 92, and Robin Bush, the daughter they lost to leukemia in 1953 at age three.

Those reflections will continue throughout the week, when Bush's casket travels from Houston, Bush's hometown, to Washington, DC to lie in state in the United States Capitol.

House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., remembered volunteering for Bush's 1988 presidential campaign, including handing out literature at ballgames and at '"the Rock County 4-H fair".

Sully will now make the final journey with Bush's casket to Washington, DC, on Monday afternoon a source told CNN, where the 41st president will lie in state at the US Capitol from 5 p.m. on Monday until 10 a.m. on Wednesday. This website is not intended for users located within the European Economic Area.

Baker said the elder Bush's last words were, "I love you, too", spoken to the younger President Bush, the country's 43rd president. The crew has been tasked by Trump with carrying out "Special Air Mission 41". President Donald Trump, who ordered federal offices closed on Wednesday for a national day of mourning, is to attend with first lady Melania Trump.

The honorary pallbearers in Washington - for both Bush's entry into the Rotunda and the National Cathedral - will be Navy captains and admirals who have commanded the USS George H.W. Bush and members of the carrier strike group.

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

Former President George H.W. Bush wears socks depicting military jets flying in formation during a Pearl Harbor remembrance ceremony in December 2016. At the funeral for his wife, Barbara Bush, who passed eight months ago, Bush paid homage to his wife's favorite cause, literacy, by wearing socks decorated with stacks of colorful books.

Bush's death reduces membership in the ex-presidents' club to four: Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, George W Bush and Barack Obama.

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