Trumps to at­tend fu­neral

Chicago Sun-Times (Sunday) - - FRONT PAGE - BY AAMER MADHANI, KIRK BADO AND DALVIN BROWN

For­mer pres­i­dent Ge­orge H.W. Bush will lie in state next week at the U.S. Capi­tol, giv­ing the Amer­i­can pub­lic an op­por­tu­nity to bid farewell to the 41st pres­i­dent, and then will be hon­ored with a state fu­neral Wed­nes­day morn­ing at the Wash­ing­ton Na­tional Cathe­dral be­fore be­ing re­turned to Houston for burial.

Bush’s re­mains will be flown Mon­day morn­ing from Elling­ton Field in Houston to the Joint Base An­drews mil­i­tary fa­cil­ity in Mary­land, ac­cord­ing to a state­ment re­leased Satur­day night by fed­eral au­thor­i­ties.

The pub­lic will be able to pay its re­spects to Bush from 7:30 p.m. Mon­day to 7 a.m. Wed­nes­day at the U.S. Capi­tol Ro­tunda in Wash­ing­ton. A state fu­neral will be held at the Wash­ing­ton Na­tional Cathe­dral, be­gin­ning at 11 a.m. Wed­nes­day.

Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump and first lady Me­la­nia an­nounced they will at­tend Bush’s fu­neral at the Na­tional Cathe­dral. Wed­nes­day will be de­clared a na­tional day of mourn­ing, Trump said. Trump signed an ex­ec­u­tive or­der di­rect­ing fed­eral agen­cies and de­part­ments to close Wed­nes­day “as a mark of re­spect” for Bush.

“He was a very fine man,” Trump said of Bush, who died Fri­day night in Houston at the age of 94. “He led a full life, and a very ex­em­plary life, too.”

Trump said he spoke with for­mer Pres­i­dent Ge­orge W. Bush Satur­day morn­ing and of­fered his con­do­lences.

The New York Stock Ex­change and Nas­daq stock market an­nounced they will be closed Wed­nes­day. The ex­changes will ob­serve a mo­ment of si­lence Mon­day in honor of the for­mer pres­i­dent at 8:20 a.m. Chicago time.

Af­ter the state fu­neral Wed­nes­day, the late pres­i­dent’s re­mains will be re­turned to Houston. A fu­neral ser­vice is planned at St. Martin’s Epis­co­pal Church in Houston.

On Thurs­day, the pres­i­dent’s cas­ket will be taken by train to Col­lege Sta­tion, Texas, ac­com­pa­nied by Bush fam­ily mem­bers and close friends. Bush will be buried on Thurs­day in a fam­ily plot be­hind the Ge­orge H.W. Bush Pres­i­den­tial Li­brary and Mu­seum at Texas A&M Univer­sity, along­side his wife and for­mer first lady, Bar­bara, and daugh­ter Robin, who died at age 3 in 1953, univer­sity of­fi­cials said in a state­ment on Satur­day. Bar­bara Bush passed away in April at age 92.

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