Published: Thu, December 06, 2018
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

Crowds honor Bush for long service, from war to White House

Crowds honor Bush for long service, from war to White House

"Out of respect for the 41st president of the United States and to honor his vast contributions to our country during his lifetime, and consistent with the Presidential Proclamation, the United States Postal Service will suspend regular mail deliveries, retail services and administrative office activity on December 5".

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

Governor LePage stated, "I encourage our schools to use the National Day of Mourning as an important opportunity to learn about the life and legacy of President Bush, including such potential topics as the American Presidency, World War II and the Cold War".

Trained to assist United States army veterans as part of the VetDogs programme, Sully was joined by several army veterans - some of who were in wheelchairs from injuries incurred during their time in action - and one of the late president's sons, Neil Bush.

Another photo shared Monday showed Sully with Bush family members before the president's casket was taken to Ellington Air Force Base.

The honorary pallbearers in Washington - for both Bush's entry into the Rotunda and the National Cathedral - will be Navy captains and admirals who have commanded the USS George H.W. Bush and members of the carrier strike group.

Bush is the first president to lie in state since Gerald Ford, following his death in 2006.

George HW Bush Remembered Locally

President from 1989 to 1993, Bush died Friday at age 94.

National flags flew at half-staff on many foreign diplomatic buildings on Washington's "Embassy Row", past which Bush's coffin will be transported on its way to the Washington National Cathedral for a memorial service on Wednesday.

The dog was assigned earlier this year as a service dog to Bush, who used a wheelchair in the last years of his life.

Though the pair were only together for a short time - Sully was given to Bush in June after the passing of his wife, Barbara - it's evident from the dog's emotive state in the photo that they had developed a strong bond over their six months together.

President Donald Trump salutes as he and first lady Melania Trump pay their respects at the flag-draped casket of former President George H.W. Bush in the Rotunda of the Capitol in Washington, Monday, Dec. 3 2018.

Bush's death reduces membership in the ex-presidents' club to four: Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama.

"He was a handsome, lovely man, it was an honour to work with him, he was beloved", veteran Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, expected to be the next speaker of the US House of Representatives, told Reuters as she exited the Rotunda.

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