Final Eulogies Set for Former US President George HW Bush

Howard TerryDec 07, 2018

Mr Bush had passed Mrs Obama a cough drop when they were seated next to each other at Senator John McCain's memorial service in September.

Vice President Mike Pence and Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell also spoke.

Dole, 95, has had a number of health issues in recent years and struggled to stand up from his wheelchair to salute Bush, his one-time political rival.

A visibly emotional Dole was wheeled into the Capitol rotunda where Bush's body lie in state.

Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush will be mourned on Thursday at the Houston church where he worshipped for many years, a final public farewell before his remains are taken by train to their resting place at his Texas presidential library.

The current president, who has had a contentious public feud with the Bush family, earlier had declared Wednesday a national day of mourning, closing federal agencies, suspending regular mail delivery and closing stock markets.

George P. Bush, son of former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and one of the former president's 17 grandchildren, remembered fly fishing and sharing ice cream with the man he called "Gampy".

Before serving as president from 1989 to 1993, Bush was vice president under Ronald Reagan.

George HW Bush's Service Dog Sully Pays Respects To The Late President. Credit PA
George HW Bush's Service Dog Sully Pays Respects To The Late President. Credit PA

The motorcade arrived in College Station around 4pm and will now take Bush to his presidential library at the university.

At back are George H.W. Bush's grandchildren Elizebeth Dwen Andrews, left, and Marshall Lloyd Bush.

George W. Bush broke down briefly at the end of his eulogy while invoking the daughter his parents lost in 1953 and his mother, who died in April.

Bush died last week at 94. "But he was also just a good man, who was devoted to his wife, his family and his friends".

The church's pastor, Rev. Russell Levenson, Jr., recalled the Bushes regularly attending services there and offering to give up their seats to others on days when the church was particularly crowded.

Dignitaries came forward on Monday to honour the Texan whose service to his country extended three quarters of a century, from the Second World War through his final years as an advocate for volunteerism and relief for people displaced by natural disaster.

Bush was hailed by presidential historian Jon Meacham as "America's last great soldier-statesman", who "made our lives and the lives of nations freer, better, nobler and warmer".

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