Remembering Bush: Nation pays respects to 41st president

Remembering Bush: Nation pays respects to 41st president
Former President George H.W. Bush's casket arrives at the Capitol where it will lie in state until Wednesday.

WASHINGTON D.C., TX (KLTV) - Former President George Bush’s casket will be arriving in Washington D.C. on Monday for his final tour of the nation’s capital.

Bush’s casket departed from Houston Monday morning and is set to arrive in D.C. at about 5 p.m. ET. An arrival ceremony with both the House and Senate will take place Monday afternoon.

His remains were transported to the U.S. Capitol where the 41st president will lie in state under rotunda until Wednesday.

A funeral service for the former president is set for Wednesday at Washington’s National Cathedral with President Trump and his wife, first lady Melania Trump, in attendance.

President Trump has designated Wednesday to be a national day of mourning in honor of the 41st president.

Bush’s remains will then be taken back to Houston where he will lie in repose at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church before a funeral service at the church Thursday morning. He will be interred at the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library & Museum in College Station.

Congressman Louie Gohmert released a statement to KLTV on Monday confirming he will attend Bush’s funeral service in Houston:

“President George H.W. Bush served this nation with dignity and strength. Not only was he a decorated war hero at such a young age, he was a respected national leader who displayed integrity in both his public and private life. He was a patriot who dedicated his life protecting, preserving, perpetuating, and improving America.

It will be an honor to represent east Texans at his funeral at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday. My heartfelt prayers and condolences go out to the Bush family as they mourn the loss of a devoted father, grandfather and great grandfather. The United States will forever be impacted by his relentless lifetime of service.”

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