Ge­orge HW Bush Mourned at State Fu­neral in Wash­ing­ton

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An emo­tional Ge­orge W Bush has paid tribute to his fa­ther, former Pres­i­dent Ge­orge HW Bush, dur­ing a state fu­neral in Wash­ing­ton. Mr Bush Jr, him­self a former pres­i­dent, de­scribed him as “a noble man, the best fa­ther”.

All sur­viv­ing US pres­i­dents at­tended the fu­neral, shar­ing a pew in the US Na­tional Cathe­dral in Wash­ing­ton DC. Mr Bush se­nior, who served as the 41st US pres­i­dent be­tween 1989 and 1993, died on Fri­day at the age of 94.

He will be buried in his home state of Texas, along­side his wife Bar­bara. In his eu­logy, Ge­orge W Bush said his fa­ther had taught him that “pub­lic ser­vice is noble and nec­es­sary”.

“He ac­cepted fail­ure is part of liv­ing a full life, but taught us never to be de­fined by fail­ure. He showed us how set­backs can strengthen,” he added.

His voice break­ing with emo­tion at the end of his eu­logy, Mr Bush said: “Through our tears, let us know the bless­ings of know­ing and lov­ing you. A great and noble man, the best fa­ther a son or daugh­ter could have.”

The in­vi­ta­tion-only fu­neral at the Na­tional Cathe­dral was at­tended by Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump and his pre­de­ces­sors Barack Obama, Bill Clin­ton and Jimmy Carter. The Prince of Wales, Ger­man Chan­cel­lor An­gela Merkel and Jor­dan’s King Ab­dul­lah II were among the world fig­ures there to pay their re­spects.

Former lead­ers, in­clud­ing John Ma­jor, who was UK Prime Min­is­ter for most of Mr Bush’s term, also at­tended. Wed­nes­day has been de­clared a na­tional day of mourn­ing - many gov­ern­ment of­fices and US stock ex­changes are closed. Fol­low­ing the fu­neral ser­vice, Mr Bush’s flag-draped cas­ket was car­ried from the cathe­dral by a mil­i­tary hon­our guard and was later flown to Texas, ar­riv­ing in Hous­ton at 23:00 GMT.

The cas­ket will lie in pub­lic re­pose at St Mar­tin’s Epis­co­pal Church un­til Thurs­day morn­ing.

Photo: AFP

Former Pres­i­dent Ge­orge W Bush de­liv­ers his eu­logy dur­ing a fu­neral ser­vice at the Na­tional Cathe­dral in Wash­ing­ton DC on Wed­nes­day.

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