Solemn public pays tribute as Bush lies in state in Rotunda

Solemn public pays tribute as Bush lies in state in Rotunda

United States Postal Services retail services and offices will also be closed.

A highly trained service dog, Sully will now go back into service to help other veterans and is going to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, former President George W. Bush wrote in an Instagram post.

The funeral for Bush, who is lying in repose in the Capitol Rotunda until then, will take place Wednesday at the National Cathedral in Washington. This website is not intended for users located within the European Economic Area.

In an invocation opening Monday evening's ceremony, the U.S. House chaplain, the Rev. Patrick J Conroy, praised Bush's commitment to public service, from Navy pilot to congressman, United Nations ambassador, envoy to China and then Central Intelligence Agency director before being elected vice president and then president.

It is a tradition for the stock market to close for funerals of former presidents.

George W. Bush greeted Melania Trump with a kiss outside Blair House. "I don't think there are leaders like that today - the World War II generation, especially".

Sully is understandably upset by the death of his longtime friend, but he is glad to have served the 41st president for almost six months.

Dole's wife, Elizabeth, ran against the 41st President's son, George W. Bush in the 2000 presidential election, eventually dropping out of the race and giving her endorsement to Bush. Bush will also be laid to rest next to Robin Bush, the family's 3-year-old daughter Pauline Robinson Bush, who died of leukemia 65 years ago. "And President Bush was a bipartisan president". He described Bush as a "very humble, caring person - you could tell, just how he treated people".

"He was the first president I voted for", he said, calling the late president someone who felt "public service is more important than politics".

He graduated from Yale in 1948 with a degree in economics.

Bush was elected USA president in 1988 as the successor to Ronald Reagan.

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