Service canine accompanies late president Bush on final farewell

Service canine accompanies late president Bush on final farewell

Trump proclaimed Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, as a National Day of Mourning in remembrance of former President George H.W. Bush.

Wreaths were placed at the casket by congressional leaders from both parties, as the Bush family, including former President George W. Bush looked on.

Trained to assist USA army veterans as part of the VetDogs programme, Sully was joined by several army veterans - some of who were in wheelchairs from injuries incurred during their time in action - and one of the late president's sons, Neil Bush. The Washington Post has reported that the Bush family has intentionally planned a state funeral for him that will avoid criticism of Trump despite the long-running animosity between the two families, which would be in contrast to the September memorial for Sen. President Donald Trump did not attend, but he and first lady Melania Trump came to the Capitol later Monday to pay tribute.

The casket bearing the late leader's remains arrived at the Capitol on Monday shortly after being transported to Andrews Air Base on the outskirts of Washington.

In an invocation opening Monday evening's ceremony, the U.S. House chaplain, the Rev. Patrick J Conroy, praised Bush's commitment to public service, from Navy pilot to congressman, United Nations ambassador, envoy to China and then Central Intelligence Agency director before being elected vice president and then president.

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The late president's eulogists - son included - noted Bush's tendency to tangle his words and show his goofy side.

Bush, who was 94, will eventually be buried in Texas next to his wife of 73 years, Barbara, who died in April.

Along with Sully, people across the US are now mourning the 41st US President - Bush served one term from 1989 until 1993 and oversaw the country through the fall of the Soviet Union and the Gulf War.

But on Monday, Trump wrote members of Congress to hail Bush as a man who "led a life that exemplified what is truly great about America".

Bush, the 41st president of the U.S., died at the age of 94 on November 30 and is being remembered across the nation as a lifelong public servant and dedicated family man. Service dogs are trained to do that. Four former presidents and President Donald Trump will be attending his funeral at the National Cathedral.

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"But, you know, my grandfather, my uncle and my dad, they taught me you get back up and you fight again", said Bush, "so I'm focused on my job in Texas".

In a recent essay, Clinton declared of Bush: "I just loved him".

Bush's service dog, a young Labrador retriever named "Sully", also walked past the casket and sat near it briefly.

"He was a attractive, lovely man, it was an honour to work with him, he was beloved", veteran Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, expected to be the next speaker of the US House of Representatives, told Reuters as she exited the Rotunda. John McCain was the last person to lie in state at the Capitol after his death in August.

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