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State Funeral Arrangements for George H.W. Bush Announced

State Funeral Arrangements for George H.W. Bush Announced”

The president had a form of Parkinson's disease, and Sully could open doors, pick up items and summon help.

Bush's casket is set to arrive in Washington on Monday afternoon aboard the USA military airplane that's more commonly recognized as Air Force One.

"The 41st president died late Friday at his Houston home at age 94".

His son George - the 43rd president of the United States - and other loved ones are expected to travel on the plane as well as his service dog Sully.

Sully was assigned to Bush in June to provide support in his daily activities, according to America's VetDogs - an organisation that matches veterans and service dogs.

Bush's family has not said who will speak at the service.

The university is the site of George H.W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, where his remains will be laid to rest at 4:15 p.m.

Bush's body will be transported by a motorcade Monday morning from a Houston funeral home to Ellington Field Joint Reserve Base, a Texas Air National Guard base.

Bush will then be returned to Houston to lie in repose at St Martin's Episcopal church before burial on Thursday at his family plot on the library grounds.

He says his father spent time on the river guiding Bush.

Trump has ordered the federal government closed Wednesday for a national day of mourning.

Colin Powell, who was chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff during that war, said he was confident in Bush's leadership because 'he knew what combat was all about.

The Boeing 747 jet will carry the 41st president of the United States' body from Texas to Washington, where he will lie in state in the rotunda of the US Capitol. He was preceded in death by his wife of 73 years, Barbara; his second child Pauline Robinson "Robin" Bush; and his brothers Prescott and William or "Bucky" Bush.

Mr Bush was a decorated World War II pilot, diplomat and onetime Central Intelligence Agency chief who saw his son George follow in his footsteps to the Oval Office - making them only the second father-son duo in American presidential history, after John and John Quincy Adams. He knew it meant the death of people.

Mr Jimmy Carter, now the oldest surviving former U.S. president, said Mr Bush's administration "was marked by grace, civility and social conscience".

At the Group of 20 summit in Argentina, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who was raised in East Germany, told reporters she likely would never have become her country's leader had Bush not pressed for the nation's reunification in 1990.

"By the time he got back here to Houston from his summer in Kennebunkport, I think he was pretty much ready to go".

Bush's son Jeb, Governor of Florida, retweeted the photo, with the simple words: "Sully has the watch".

"We're going to heaven", Baker said.



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