Bush to lie in state at Capi­tol, be laid to rest at Texas A&M

Houston Chronicle Sunday - - GEORGE H.W. BUSH: 1924-2018 - By Jacey Fortin NEW YORK TIMES

Af­ter the fam­ily of for­mer Pres­i­dent Ge­orge H.W. Bush an­nounced his death Fri­day night, the tributes and con­do­lences be­gan pour­ing in.

Within hours, stu­dents at the Bush School of Gov­ern­ment and Pub­lic Ser­vice at Texas A&M Uni­ver­sity in Col­lege Sta­tion came to­gether — some­what in­stinc­tu­ally, ac­cord­ing to the school news­pa­per The Bat­tal­ion — for an on-cam­pus candlelight vigil in his honor.

By Sat­ur­day, more for­mal fu­neral ar­range­ments for the 41st pres­i­dent were tak­ing shape.

Bush, who died at home in Hous­ton, will soon be taken to Wash­ing­ton. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump, speak­ing Sat­ur­day from the G-20 sum­mit meet­ing in Buenos Aires, Ar­gentina, said the plane known as Air Force One when the pres­i­dent is aboard will trans­port Bush’s cof­fin. Trump said it was “a spe­cial tribute that he de­serves very much.”

Repub­li­can and Demo­cratic lead­ers of the Se­nate and the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives an­nounced that a bi­cam­eral ar­rival cer­e­mony for Bush will be held at 5 p.m. Mon­day at the U.S. Capi­tol in Wash­ing­ton.

Bush will lie in state in the Ro­tunda with his cof­fin on dis­play for pub­lic view­ing un­til Wed­nes­day morn­ing. He will be the 11th pres­i­dent to lie in state there; oth­ers in­clude Ger­ald R. Ford in 2006 and 2007 and Ron­ald Rea­gan in 2004. The most re­cent of­fi­cial to lie in state was Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., on Aug. 31.

Bush will also be hon­ored with a state fu­neral at the Na­tional Cathe­dral in Wash­ing­ton. The White House con­firmed that Trump will at­tend.

Mem­bers of the Bush fam­ily and of­fi­cials from the Joint Task Force for the Na­tional Cap­i­tal Re­gion are still deter­min­ing the fi­nal sched­ule for the fu­neral at the cathe­dral.

“This state fu­neral is a cul­mi­na­tion of years of plan­ning and re­hearsal to en­sure the sup­port the mil­i­tary ren­ders Pres­i­dent Bush is noth­ing less than a first-class tribute,” Maj. Gen. Michael L. Howard, the task force’s com­mand­ing gen­eral, said in a state­ment Sat­ur­day. On Thurs­day, Bush will

be laid to rest on the grounds of his pres­i­den­tial li­brary and mu­seum at Texas A&M Uni­ver­sity. He will be buried in a fam­ily plot be­hind the li­brary along­side his wife, Bar­bara, who died in April af­ter 73 years of mar­riage; and a daugh­ter, Robin, who died at age 3 in 1953, ac­cord­ing to a state­ment from the uni­ver­sity.

El­iz­a­beth Con­ley / Staff pho­tog­ra­pher

Kris Jiang of Sugar Land signs a con­do­lence book Sat­ur­day at the Ge­orge H.W. Bush Li­brary and Mu­seum at Col­lege Sta­tion.

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