Final Eulogies Set for Former US President George HW Bush

Posted December 07, 2018

With Mr Bush's casket atop the 1865 Lincoln Catafalque - a platform used to raise caskets - dignitaries also came to honour the president, whose efforts for his country extended three quarters of a century from World War II through his final years in advocacy. An assistant helped keep Dole steady on his feet, according to video from C-SPAN.

Even though they were competitors in 1988 for the Republican presidential primaries, with Bush ultimately coming out on top, the two remained friendly through the years.

The two-year-old Sully has been at Bush's side since June, just weeks after the death of the president's wife Barbara, to whom he was married for 73 years. "It's a good thing that the dog is moving on to another gig where he can be helpful to other people (rather than becoming another Bush family pet)".

Bush lay in state until 5 p.m. Tuesday.

George HW Bush's Service Dog Sully Pays Respects To The Late President. Credit PA
George HW Bush's Service Dog Sully Pays Respects To The Late President. Credit PA

President Donald Trump had no speaking role during the Episcopalian service, a break from recent tradition and in accordance with George H.W. Bush's wishes.

Bush, father of the 43rd president, George W. Bush, will be buried on Thursday in Texas.

A visibly emotional Dole was wheeled into the Capitol rotunda where Bush's body lie in state.

The Honor Guard carries the casket of former president George Herbert Walker Bush down the center isle following a memorial ceremony at the National Cathedral in Washington, Dec. 5, 2018.

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Sully was provided to Bush by America's VetDogs, a group which pairs service and therapy dogs with people with physical limitations like blindness, or those who suffer from effects of post-traumatic stress disorder.

Bush's death makes Carter, also 94 but more than 100 days younger, the oldest living ex-president. By evening, his casket was at St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Houston. Many banks and other businesses also will shut down, and government buildings are flying flags at half-staff until December 30.

Gov. Larry Hogan announced Monday that all state government agencies and offices would be closed Wednesday in honor of Bush's "lifetime of service".

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