Vice President Mike Pence: 'President Bush served his country'

Sully looked sad as he lay on the floor near the casket

"This will be about the celebration of the noble public service that George H.W. Bush gave".

"I am saddened to learn of the passing of President George H.W. Bush".

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. Trump tweeted of the funeral ceremonies, which opened in Texas and came to Washington on Monday, with Bush lying in state at the Capitol until the Washington National Cathedral service.

Sully went to work with Bush this summer after former first lady Barbara Bush passed away earlier this year.

Bush died at his Houston home on November 30 at the age of 94.

Here is a schedule of the events following Bush's death.

Sully was trained by prison inmates with VetDogs
Image Sully was trained by prison inmates with VetDogs

Mr. Bush is the first president since President Ford's 2006 death to lie in state, and the nation's capital excels at the pageantry. Watch live in the player below.

11 a.m. ET - Funeral service at St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Houston.

The late president will be taken by train to College Station, where he will be buried on the grounds of his presidential library at Texas A&M University. The former president was eulogized by both Vice President Mike Pence and House Speaker Paul Ryan, among other politicians.

"I do know from the Bush family that they are very appreciative and think the White House has just bent over backwards, gone to great lengths, been extraordinarily helpful", Gangel continued.

Later in the evening, after the family and dignitaries had departed, President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump paid their respects, standing for two minutes before the casket. They stood in front of the casket with their eyes closed for a few moments, before Trump saluted the casket.

Friends, family and the public have been filing past the casket of former President George H.W. Bush in the Capitol Rotunda since Monday night, but he had a special visitor Tuesday.




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