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George HW Bush begins final journey to Washington before burial in Texas

George HW Bush begins final journey to Washington before burial in Texas

Sent off with a 21-gun salute, George H.W. Bush left his beloved Texas for the final time Monday, headed to Washington as the nation paid tribute to the 41st president for a lifetime of public service that began in the Navy during World War II, ended with four years as president and was characterized throughout by what admirers say was decency, generosity and kindness.

George H.W. Bush is set to embark on his final tour of Washington as a nation prepares to bid farewell to its 41st president.

George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush were noted dog lovers.

"It's pretty obvious as people look back, and as people are recollecting the Bush presidency, it looks a heck of a lot better than it did at the end of it", he said.

Bush Senior died at on Friday at the age of 94. Former presidents or prominent politicians customarily lie in state.

After, he will lie in repose at Houston's St. Martin's Episcopal Church before his remains are transferred via rail to the Bush Presidential Library at Texas A&M University, where he ultimately will be buried.

The custom-painted unit incorporates the colors of the Air Force One used during Bush's years as president, from 1989 to 1992.

He failed to win a second term after breaking a no-new-taxes pledge.

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She said each of the disparate protesting groups will decide what to do next, but many will probably keep demonstrating. Damien Abad, a lawmaker from the centre-right Les Republicains party, also called it "too little, too late".

President Donald Trump will not speak at the funeral, sources with knowledge of the plans tell CNN, but has said that he will attend Wednesday's memorial.

The Bushes will join other family at Joint Base Andrews for the afternoon arrival of the presidential aircraft carrying the casket, being called "Special Air Mission 41".

As of Monday morning, all living Presidents are expected to attend Bush's funeral on Wednesday at the Washington National Cathedral.

Members of the family, including children and grandchildren, will be taking part in each service.

Jim McGrath, spokesman for the Bush family, tweeted out a photo on Sunday night, captioning it "mission complete".

The last funeral for a former president was the one for Gerald Ford, who died on December 26, 2006 and was buried January 2; Ronald Reagan had died two years earlier in June 2004.

The service dog is named after Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, the US Airways pilot who safely landed a passenger plane on the Hudson River outside New York City in 2009.