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06 December, 2018, 05:34 | Author: Ted Wilson
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At the Capitol, the remains of the 41st president will lie in state and the public may pay their respects from 7:30 p.m. on Monday until 7 a.m. on Wednesday, after which a formal funeral ceremony for the former U.S. leader will be held in the nation's capital.

Maryland's governor has declared that state government agencies and offices will close in honor of former President George H.W. Bush.

The political dynasty, led by son and former President George W. Bush, accompanied the patriarch's body on the flight aboard the presidential plane from Texas to Joint Base Andrews outside Washington, and then on a trip down Pennsylvania Avenue to the steps of the Capitol.

While in the White House, the Bush's presidential pets were Millie, a springer spaniel, and later one of Millie's puppies, named Ranger.

Attending the funeral will be President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump, along with other former leaders and outstanding figures in USA public life, including members of the Cabinet and the Supreme Court. Taking to his Twitter handle on Monday, Trump said, "Looking forward to being with the Bush Family to pay my respects to President George H.W. Bush".

According to The Washington Post, the Bush family has planned a state funeral that will avoid the kind of criticism that took place during Sen.

President Bush died on Friday at age 94. Trump himself has criticized the elder Bush on the campaign trail.

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The Trumps made a brief visit to the Capitol rotunda, where Bush's flag-draped coffin was resting as part of tributes to honor the 41st U.S. president and remember his extraordinary life.

After services in Washington, Bush's remains will be returned to Houston to lie in repose at St. Martin's Episcopal Church before burial Thursday at his family plot on the presidential library grounds at Texas A&M University in College Station.

Hundreds of members of the public began quietly filing into the Capitol late Monday to pay their final respects.

Bush's wife, Barbara, died in April; they were married for 73 years.

"He was so qualified, and I think he was just a decent man", said Sharon Terry, touring Washington with friends from an Indianapolis garden club.

Dole also challenged Bush for the Republican nomination for president in 1980 and again in 1988. Democrat Bill Clinton coasted to victory, ending Bush's presidency.

"We'll be spending three days of mourning and three days of celebrating a really great man's life", Trump said in Argentina where he was attending the G20 summit.

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