Funeral And Memorial Services Announced for George H.W. Bush

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The 41st president, who died Friday, made his affinity for fun socks known in the past several years, choosing bold patterns and bright colors to liven up his suits or chinos.

The public viewing will mark the start of four days of events that will include a state funeral at Washington's National Cathedral on Wednesday and a private service at Mr Bush's church in Houston on Thursday.

The high point of the commemorations, planned with military precision by a Pentagon task force, will come Wednesday with a state funeral at Washington National Cathedral - the first presidential funeral since Gerald Ford died in 2006.

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"America's VetDogs is deeply saddened by the loss of President @GeorgeHWBush".

A departure ceremony will be held at the Ellington Field Joint Reserve Base near Houston at 10:30 a.m. local time. The locomotive has been painted the colors of the Air Force One plane used during his presidency and bears the number "4141" in honour of the 41st president.

Family spokesman Jim McGrath said the flights to carry Bush are being dubbed "Special Air Mission 41". "Powerful. Emotional. Loyalty", wrote one.

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From former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev to current heads of state, leaders praised Mr Bush both for his strength and his moderation, as well as the commitment to internationalism typified by his assembling of a global coalition to oust Iraqi invaders from Kuwait in 1991.

George H.W. Bush didn't lose his sense of humour even as he was letting go of life. Many former presidents and public officials are expected to attend the funeral, including President Donald Trump.

The remains will then be transported by train for interment at the George Bush Presidential Library in College Station, Texas. He was preceded in death by his wife of 73 years, Barbara; his second child Pauline Robinson "Robin" Bush; and his brothers Prescott and William or "Bucky" Bush.

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"But he was alert", Baker said during a blitz of appearances on five Sunday talk shows. (AAP) President George H.W. Bush receives applause from Vice President Dan Quayle, left, and House Speaker Thomas Foley prior to delivering his first State of the Union address on Capitol Hill in Washington in 1990.

Colin Powell, who was chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff during that war, said he was confident in Bush's leadership because "he knew what combat was all about. He knew it meant the death of people.He wanted to avoid a war". "He wanted to avoid a war".

The labrador retriever named Sully, joined former President Bush in June.

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