As the late George H. W. Bush is celebrated, witness as presidents past and present – including Barack Obama and Donald Trump – attend his funeral to say one last good-bye.
In the wake of George H. W. Bush’s death, America now prepares to bid farewell to one of its leaders. The life and legacy of the one-term president, who died in his Houston home on Nov. 30 at age 94, will be honored during a state funeral on Dec. 5 at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., in which all surviving presidents — Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Barack Obama and the current president, Donald Trump — will attend. This comes after George H. W. Bush’s body lain in state within the U.S. Capitol rotunda. Images of President Bush’s memorial have already captivated the hearts of voters across the country, specifically the image of Sully, George H. W.’s service dog, lying next to Bush’s flag-draped casket in Houston. The dog’s sadness mirrored many of the president’s supports that prepared to bid farewell.
Former President Bush’s body arrived at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland on Dec. 3, where it was transported to the U.S. Capitol in Washington, according to USA Today. After a short service, the public was given a chance to pay its respects at 7:30 PM local time. After the Dec. 5 funeral, Bush’s body will be transported back to Texas. After lying in repose at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Houston, the late Bush Sr. will be buried in a family plot behind the Bush library complex in College Station, Texas. He will be interred next to his wife, Barbara Bush, who passed away earlier in the year.
For Mr. Trump, this will be his first major appearance at a state funeral. He didn’t attend the memorials for First Lady Barabara Bush earlier in 2018, as Melania Trump went as a representative of the White House. He also did not attend any of the services given for the late Senator John McCain.
“Through his essential authenticity, disarming with, and unwavering commitment to faith, family, and country, President Bush inspired generations of his fellow Americans to Public service,” Trump said in a statement following Bush’s death. “To be, in his words, ‘a thousand points of light,’ illuminating the greatness, hope, and opportunity of America to the world.”