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Former president George H.W. Bush’s state funeral set for Wednesday

by Oregon State Media and Fox News Sunday December 2, 2018    6:10 AM

WASHINGTON DC - President George H.W. Bush led a long, successful and beautiful life. Whenever I was with him I saw his absolute joy for life and true pride in his family. His accomplishments were great from beginning to end. He was a truly wonderful man and will be missed by all!

President Trump plans to send Air Force One to Texas this week to bring the body of former President George H.W. Bush to Washington, D.C., where the body is scheduled to lie in state in the U.S. Capitol before returning to Texas for burial.

Trump's disclosure was among a list of funeral plans that emerged Saturday as the nation prepared to bid a final farewell to Bush, the nation's 41st president, who died Friday night at age 94.

"We will be spending three days of mourning and three days celebrating a really great man's life," Trump told reporters in Buenos Aires, before returning to Washington on Saturday, the Washington Times reported.

"Air Force One will be taking myself and a group of our people back to Washington. It will then be reset and it will be sent to Houston to pick up the casket of President Bush and it will be sent back to Washington," Trump said, according to the report.

The president previously announced that Wednesday will be a national day of mourning in memory of Bush, a Republican whose presidency ran from January 1989 to January 1993.

Other details regarding the state funeral for former President Bush were revealed by his office Saturday.

The schedule for the state funeral and related services and ceremonies were broken into three stages, divided between Washington and sites in the Houston area, according to a news release from the Joint Task Force-National Capital Region, the group that announced via Bush's website that it would be collaborating with the Bush family "to carry out" the former president's wishes regarding his funeral.

Family spokesman Jim McGrath said Bush died shortly after 10 p.m. Friday, about eight months after the death of former first lady Barbara Bush, his wife of more than 73 years.

The proceedings will begin Monday when Bush's remains are set to depart from Ellington Field in Houston, en route to Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, according to the news release.

Following their arrival, "Bush's remains will lie in state in the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol" from Monday at 7:30 p.m. until Later Thursday morning, a funeral service is scheduled to be held at the church, the news release said.

"Former President Bush' remains will depart St. Martin's Episcopal Church, Houston, and be transported by motorcade to Union Pacific Railroad Westfield Auto Facility, Spring, Texas," according to the news release. "President Bush's remains will then be transported by funeral car (train) to College Station, Texas."

His remains are set to arrive at Texas A&M University at 3:45 p.m. Interment will occur at the George Bush Presidential Library & Museum, officials said.Wednesday at 8:45 a.m., "with a guard of honor in attendance," officials said.

After departing the Capitol, Bush's remains will be taken to Washington National Cathedral for a funeral. They'll then go back to Joint Base Andrews, with a destination set for Texas, the news release said.

Once back in Texas, "Bush's remains will lie in repose at St. Martin's Episcopal Church" in Houston from Wednesday at 6:45 p.m. until Thursday at 6 a.m., again "with a guard of honor in attendance," according to officials.


Photo: Air Force One will carry the body of former President George H.W. Bush to Washington for this week's tributes in the nation's capital.
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