FULL CAPITOL CEREMONY: President George H.W. Bush Lying In State
President George H.W. Bush, America’s 41st president, is coming back to Washington one last time.
Bush, who died late Friday at his home in Houston at age 94, will be remembered in both Washington, D.C., and Texas with private funerals and public ceremonies, according to the Joint Task Force-National Capital Region (JTF-NCR), which is assisting with the funeral.
His casket will arrive in Washington, D.C., on Monday for three days of public visitation as he lies in state at the Capitol rotunda. A private funeral service will also be held at the Washington National Cathedral before Bush will be flown back to Texas to be buried.
Former President George W. Bush, his son, will deliver a eulogy at the funeral Wednesday, as will former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, former Senator Alan Simpson and presidential historian Jon Meacham.
“We, the men and women of the Department of Defense, are honored and proud to support the Bush family and will do so with the utmost respect,” Maj. Gen. Michael L. Howard, the Joint Force Headquarters-National Capital Region commanding general, said. “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.”