Post office, other federal offices closed for Bush funeral services

Sully The Service Dog Arrives To View Owner George H.W. Bush's Casket

His burial is Thursday.

The former President, 94, died late Friday at his home in Houston, less than eight months after the death of his wife Barbara. "President Bush worked selflessly throughout his long life to bring about a world of justice and lasting peace".

George H.W. Bush's body continued to lie in state Tuesday at the US Capitol, where officials said more than 26,000 people so far had come to pay their respects. Democratic Rep. Nancy Pelosi, a past House speaker nominated for the post in the new Congress, exchanged a warm hug with George W. Bush and came away dabbing her face. "He had an enormous capacity to give of himself". The federal office closures represent a "mark of respect for George Herbert Walker Bush, the 41st President of the United States", Trump's executive order said. Blair House is also known as the President's Guest House. He and Trump shook hands.

Bush's remains were accompanied by members of his family, and were taken by motorcade to St. Martin's Episcopal Church. Sitting next to the Clintons was fellow Democrat Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn.

The cathedral service was a tribute to the patriarch of one of the nation's most-powerful political families - it occupied the White House for a dozen years -and to a faded political era that prized military service and public responsibility.

Sully The Service Dog Arrives To View Owner George H.W. Bush's Casket

The U.S. District Court for New Mexico will be closed, but some court cases that have already begun will continue. At back are George H.W. Bush's grandchildren Elizebeth Dwen Andrews, left, and Marshall Lloyd Bush.

It will be the eighth funeral train in USA history and the first since Dwight D. Eisenhower's body travelled from the National Cathedral in Washington through seven states to his Kansas hometown of Abilene 49 years ago.

To honor the legacy of late president George H.W. Bush, the United States Postal Service will suspend regular mail delivery on Wednesday, December 5. His eldest son, former President George W. Bush, and others from the family traveled on the flight from Houston.

At the Rotunda, Bob Dole, 95, who was defeated by Bush in the fight for the 1988 Republican presidential nomination, was helped out of his wheelchair, stood up and saluted toward the casket.




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