Bush lies in state in Wash­ing­ton

Kenora Daily Miner and News - - WORLD NEWS - JUAN LOZANO, NO­MAAN MER­CHANT and DAR­LENE SU­PERVILLE The As­so­ci­ated Press

HOUS­TON — Sent off with a 21-gun salute, Ge­orge H.W. Bush left his beloved Texas for the fi­nal time Mon­day, and ar­rived at the U.S. Capi­tol in Wash­ing­ton, D.C., as the U.S. paid trib­ute to the 41st pres­i­dent for a life­time of pub­lic ser­vice that be­gan in the Navy dur­ing the Sec­ond World War, ended with four years as pres­i­dent and was char­ac­ter­ized throughout by what ad­mir­ers say was de­cency, gen­eros­ity and kind­ness.

A long mo­tor­cade ac­com­pa­nied the hearse car­ry­ing Bush’s re­mains from a Hous­ton fu­neral home to nearby Elling­ton Field for the trip to the na­tion’s cap­i­tal on an air­craft that of­ten serves as Air Force One. Mil­i­tary ar­tillery fired the salute, and ser­vice­men car­ried the cas­ket to the plane.

For­mer pres­i­dent Ge­orge W. Bush, the el­dest of the four Bush sons, and his wife, Laura, along with brother Neil Bush and his fam­ily, were aboard the plane for the trip to Joint Base An­drews out­side Wash­ing­ton.

On Sun­day, stu­dents, staff and visi­tors had flocked to Bush’s pres­i­den­tial li­brary on the cam­pus of Texas A&M Univer­sity, with thou­sands of mourn­ers pay­ing their re­spects at a week­end can­dle­light vigil at a nearby pond and oth­ers contributing to grow­ing flower memo­ri­als at Bush stat­ues at both the li­brary and a park in down­town Hous­ton.

“I think he was one of the kind­est, most gen­er­ous men,” said Marge Fra­zier, who vis­ited the down­town statue on Sun­day while show­ing friends from Cal­i­for­nia around.

A sim­i­lar out­pour­ing is an­tic­i­pated in Wash­ing­ton this week dur­ing the state fu­neral for Bush, who died late Fri­day at his home in Hous­ton. He was 94.

Bush, who was pres­i­dent from 1989 to 1993, will lie in state in the U.S. Capi­tol ro­tunda for a cer­e­mony and pub­lic visi­ta­tion from Mon­day through Wed­nes­day. An in­vi­ta­tion-only fu­neral ser­vice is set for Wed­nes­day at Wash­ing­ton Na­tional Cathe­dral. Bush’s fam­ily has not said who will speak at the ser­vice. For­mer pres­i­dent Jimmy Carter also will be there.

Af­ter­ward, Bush will be re­turned to Hous­ton to lie in re­pose at St. Martin’s Epis­co­pal Church be­fore burial Thurs­day at his fam­ily plot on the li­brary grounds. His fi­nal rest­ing place will be along­side Bar­bara Bush, his wife of 73 years who died in April, and Robin Bush, the daugh­ter they lost to leukemia in 1953 at age three.

ALEX BRAN­DON/GETTY IMAGES

For­mer U.S. pres­i­dent Ge­orge W. Bush, cen­tre, Laura Bush, left, and other fam­ily mem­bers watch as a mil­i­tary hon­our guard car­ries the cas­ket of for­mer U.S. pres­i­dent Ge­orge H.W. Bush into the U.S. Capi­tol on Mon­day.

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