State Funeral to Take Place Wednesday for President George H.W. Bush


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Former President George H.W. Bush will lie in state at the U.S. Capitol before being honored with a state funeral on Wednesday at the Washington National Cathedral.

Bush, who became the 41st President of the United States, passed away on Friday at the age of 94.

The public will be able to pay their respects beginning Monday at 7:30 p.m. until Wednesday at 7 a.m. with the state funeral beginning on Wednesday at 11 a.m. Following the state funeral, the former President and naval aviator’s remains will be flown back to Houston where a funeral service is planned for 10 a.m. local time on Thursday at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church.

President Trump announced Wednesday will be declared a national day of mourning and signed an executive order directing federal agencies and departments to close on that day as “a mark of respect” for the former President.

President Trump also revealed a plane used as Air Force One would carry the casket from Houston to Washington D.C for the memorial service.

“Along with his full life of service to country, we will remember President Bush for his devotion to family – especially the love of his life, Barbara,” President Trump said in an official statement. “His example lives on, and will continue to stir future Americans to pursue a greater cause.”

President George H.W. Bush will be laid to rest in a family plot behind the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum at Texas A&M University alongside wife Barbara, who passed away in April at the age of 92, and daughter Robin, who passed away at the age of three in 1953.