Thursday, December 6, has come. And with it begins the final leg of the state funeral of George HW Bush, the 41st President of the United States who served a single term from 1989 to 1993, and passed away on November 30 at the age of 94. His flag-draped casket has laid in state in the rotunda of the Capitol in Washington DC, where he served his office during the years when Germany was reunited, the Soviet Union fell and Iraq invaded Kuwait, all of which he weathered with a statesmanship that was hailed by leaders from his nation and the rest of the world.
USA Today has it that the remains of former US President George HW Bush arrived in Houston from Washington DC on the late afternoon of Wednesday, October 5. The procession brought it to St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, where Bush and his family had worshipped for 50 years while living in the city. There it laid in repose overnight until this Thursday morning (US Central time), with a funeral service to be held at 10 AM.
The St. Martin’s official website carried a message that read: “President George H.W. Bush and the late Mrs. Barbara Pierce Bush worshiped at St. Martin’s for more than 50 years, and now it is our turn to show our respect and support as our congregation, as well as our nation, grieve this loss.” His First Lady Barbara had died earlier this year on April. Her funeral was also held in St. Martin’s, which was founded in 1952 and is now considered the largest church of the Episcopal denomination in North America. The area had since Wednesday been secured by Houston police officers in anticipation of the arrival of the former President from the capital, and his casket was escorted into the church by U.S. Air Force Band of the West.
The funeral service at the Washington National Cathedral Wednesday morning was attended by President Donald Trump and his predecessors Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, Barack Obama and George W. Bush, son of the elder Bush. Also in attendance were representatives from several nations along with former world leaders who were in office during the former President’s term in the White House.
After the funeral service at St. Martin’s, Bush’s casket will be transported by rail to his Presidential Library in College Station, Texas. There he will be laid to rest next to his wife and their daughter Robin, who died of leukemia at only age 4.
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