George HW Bush begins final journey to Washington before burial in Texas

George HW Bush begins final journey to Washington before burial in Texas

George HW Bush begins final journey to Washington before burial in Texas

It is of the service dog of former US President George HW Bush.

Haslam's office announced Monday the Republican will attend the invitation-only funeral service on Wednesday at Washington National Cathedral.

Bush died at his Houston home on Friday at age 94.

Haslam had previously ordered all flags over state buildings and the Tennessee Statehouse be lowered to half-staff until sunset on December 30 to honor Bush's life. The casket will return to Texas for a funeral Thursday afternoon at his presidential library in College Station.

The two-year-old Sully has been at Bush's side since June, just weeks after the death of the president's wife Barbara, to whom he was married for 73 years.

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Many spoke of Bush's role in a bygone era of bipartisan civility in U.S. politics, a sharp contrast to today's bitter divisions in the age of President Donald Trump, a fellow Republican. Bush was a humanitarian and made volunteerism a hallmark of his presidency from 1989 to 1993. His death also reduces membership in the ex-presidents' club to four: Carter, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama.

Trump has said he and wife Melania will attend.

From there, the president's casket will be taken to the U.S. Capitol in Washington.

Bush was eulogized during a Capitol ceremony by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., who called him "a humble servant who loved his fellow citizens", and a "principled leader who knew America not only guards our own future, but also safeguards democracy for the world".

In Washington, Bush will lie in state in the rotunda of the U.S. Capitol from Monday at 7:30 p.m. EST until Wednesday at 8:45 a.m. EST. He would go on to serve as ambassador to the United Nations and China, head of the Central Intelligence Agency and chairman of the Republican National Committee before being elected to two terms as Ronald Reagan's vice president.

Baker instead emphasised his friend's foreign policy successes: Navigating the end of the Cold War, negotiating two nuclear arms reduction treaties, and summoning a varied global coalition to eject Iraqi troops from Kuwait in the first Gulf War.

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