Bob Dole Salutes President Bush One Last Time

Americans pay respects to late President Bush at U.S. Capitol

They were fellow World War II veterans, Republican Party leaders, fierce rivals for the 1988 Republican presidential nomination won by Bush ("Stop lying about my record", Dole snapped at Bush) and skilled negotiators. Once steadied, Dole saluted. In place of most Washington dignitaries were top Houston athletes reflecting Bush's love of sports, including Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt, former Rockets great Yao Ming and baseball Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan, and Chuck Norris, who played TV's Walker, Texas Ranger. John McCain, which was marked by implicit references to Trump and his behavior as president.

Bush was remembered just feet away from what he called "Democracy's front porch", the west-facing steps of the Capitol where he was sworn in as president. The former president's children and family - including former President George W. Bush - attended a Monday ceremony for the late president.

Wednesday, 12:30 p.m: After the state funeral concludes, Mr.

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Granddaughter Barbara Pierce Bush, daughter of the 43rd president, reads scripture during Thursday's service.

Federal offices will be closed Wednesday in honor of funeral services for former President George H.W. Bush, who died Friday at the age of 94.

A national day of mourning has been declared for today to honor the life of the 41st president of the United States, George H.W. Bush, who died November 30 in Houston at age 94.

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"He was a man of such great humility", said Alan Simpson, former Republican senator from Wyoming. By evening, his casket was at St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Houston. Brad Hibbard was among those who brought Sully to the Bush's summer home in Kennebunkport, Maine, last June, offering the president companionship and support during his time of grief.

The Bush family has assured Trump that eulogies at Wednesday's funeral will avoid any criticism of him, The Washington Post reported.

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Bush's death reduces membership in the ex-presidents' club to four: Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama.

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