Former US President George H.W. Bush's family took center stage at his funeral at a Houston church on Thursday (Dec 6), with grandsons who knew him better as " Gampy" serving as honorary pallbearers and his granddaughters reading from the Bible.
Thursday evening's ceremony concludes days of funeral activities honoring the 41st president. Barbara Bush died on 17 April at their Houston home.
President Trump has issued an executive order to close the federal government.
President Donald Trump has declared a national day of mourning for the late President George H.W. Bush, to take place on Wednesday, December 5.
Earlier on Thursday, an 80-minute funeral of George H.W. Bush was held at St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Houston, reflecting his patriotism, faith and humor.
Trump also said he will visit the Bush family on Tuesday at the Blair House, near the White House. Those gathered also heard a prayer stressing the importance of service and selflessness that the president himself offered for the country at the start of his term.
McGrath has been sharing photos throughout the week of how the nation is honoring Bush 41.
George P. Bush, son of former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and one of the former president's 17 grandchildren, reminisced about fly fishing and sharing Blue Bell Creameries ice cream, a well-known Texas brand, as a child with the man he called " Gampy". Sitting next to the Clintons was fellow Democrat Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn.
"I believe there are certain qualities that veterans have, and when Bush was president, I think about three-fourths of Congress were veterans and we would stick together and work together across the aisle".
Union Pacific originally commissioned the Bush locomotive for the opening of an exhibit at his presidential library titled "Trains: Tracks of the Iron Horse".
Among the foreign dignitaries inside the cathedral were Britain's Prince Charles, Jordan's King Abdullah II and Queen Rania, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Polish President Andrzej Duda and former presidents of Estonia, Mexico and Portugal, as well as former prime ministers of Britain, Canada, Japan and Kuwait. So, before I write any more, watch below what happened at the Capitol Rotunda on Tuesday when Sen.
A 54-year-old Texan who served in the U.S. Air Force during "Operation Desert Storm" was waiting for the train to pass through Pinehurst so he could pay his respects to his former commander-in-chief.
Trump has often aimed political taunts at the Bush family, long a symbol of the traditional, more moderate wing of the U.S. Republican party that often is at odds with Trump's populist supporters. A WWII combat veteran, Bush served as a member of Congress from Texas, ambassador to the United Nations, director of the Central Intelligence Agency, vice president and 41st president of the United States.