Bush laid to rest in Texas
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.
Former US President George W. Bush and brother Jeb Bush watch as the casket is carried off the train.