Americans to Honor President George H.W. Bush in Washington

Pauline Gross
December 5, 2018

Former President George H.W. Bush passed away on Friday, but his service dog is still by his side.

Former President and World War II Navy pilot George H.W. Bush was one of many veterans to benefit from a service dog during his retirement, and his dog Sully already has his next assignment now that Bush has passed.

Mr Bush, who served as the 41st U.S. president between 1989 and 1993, died late on Friday at the age of 94. The casket was flown in from Ellington Field Joint Reserve Base, a Texas Air National Guard base, aboard an aircraft that often serves as Air Force One.

Bush's body will be transported to the U.S. Capitol, where he will lie in state in the building's rotunda until Wednesday morning.

President Bush's spokesman Jim McGrath shared a photo of Sully and the casket captioning it, "Mission complete".

Visitors sign a guest book at the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library Center in College Station, Tex., on December 1, 2018. The four-day tribute includes lying in state at the U.S. Capitol for parts of three days, a funeral at the Washington National Cathedral and eventual burial at the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum back in Texas. This website is not intended for users located within the European Economic Area.

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Bush's death reduces membership in the ex-presidents' club to four: Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, George W Bush and Barack Obama. Trump and the first lady, Melania Trump, are scheduled to attend.

One of Bush's former senior aides, Ron Kaufman, says Bush's death marks "the end of a culture - a culture of civility".

President and Mrs. Bush were frequent guests at Kyle Field along with many other@TAMU athletic venues.

Sully will accompany Bush's casket on the Monday flight from Houston to Maryland, CNN reported, citing a source familiar with the plans. Barbara Bush died on April 17 at their Houston home.

Dukakis, 85, blames himself for his election loss as the Democratic nominee, saying he didn't respond aggressively to a Bush campaign ad featuring a convicted murderer named Willie Horton who raped a woman and stabbed her partner while out of prison on a MA furlough program. Wednesday has been designated by President Trump as a national day of mourning, and most federal agencies will be closed with federal workers given the day off.

George Herbert Walker Bush, the 41st President of the United States, died on November 30, and President Donald Trump has declared Wednesday, Dec. 5, a National Day of Mourning.

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