Bush laid to rest in Texas

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THE body of for­mer US Pres­i­dent Ge­orge HW Bush was brought to the burial site at his pres­i­den­tial li­brary in Texas af­ter a fu­neral at a Hous­ton church where he was re­mem­bered by fam­ily mem­bers who knew him best as “Gampy”.

Bush’s cas­ket trav­elled by train from Hous­ton to Col­lege Sta­tion, Texas, and then car­ried to the gravesite be­hind his li­brary by a mil­i­tary hon­our guard, in a cer­e­mony over­seen by his son and for­mer Pres­i­dent Ge­orge W Bush.

Bush, the 41st US pres­i­dent, died last week in Texas, aged 94. His re­mains were flown to Texas fol­low­ing a state fu­neral at the Wash­ing­ton Na­tional Cathe­dral at­tended by Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump, the four liv­ing for­mer pres­i­dents and for­eign lead­ers.

“The memo­rial was a beau­ti­ful trib­ute to Pres­i­dent Bush’s ex­tra­or­di­nary life and a no­ble le­gacy to pub­lic ser­vice,” Trump said at a Hanukkah re­cep­tion at the White House.

“He was a won­der­ful man. We will al­ways re­mem­ber this great states­man and beloved Amer­i­can patriot. He re­ally was very spe­cial.”

The fu­neral ser­vice in Hous­ton was held at St. Mar­tin’s Epis­co­pal Church, where Bush and for­mer first lady Bar­bara Bush wor­shipped for more than five decades. Ge­orge W Bush sat in a front pew near the flag-draped cas­ket and joined in as some 1000 mourn­ers sang Amer­ica the Beau­ti­ful.

Pic­ture: AFP

For­mer US Pres­i­dent Ge­orge W. Bush and brother Jeb Bush watch as the cas­ket is car­ried off the train.

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