In keeping with presidential tradition, a detailed schedule of the funeral and memorial services for former President George H.W. Bush was released Saturday evening, with ceremonies planned in Houston, Washington, D.C., Spring, Texas, and College Station, Texas.
Dignitaries eulogised the president as a figure who was unfailingly loyal to his country, and members of the military carried his casket from a hearse into the rotunda.
"I think he was one of the kindest, most generous men", said Marge Frazier, who visited the downtown statue on Sunday while showing friends from California around.
"The 41st president died late Friday at his Houston home at age 94".
Bush, who served a single term in the White House 1989 to 1993, will receive a state funeral Wednesday at the National Cathedral in Washington, followed by burial Thursday at his presidential library in Texas.
"We'll be spending three days of mourning and three days of celebrating a really great man's life", Trump said about Bush's funeral while in Argentina this weekend attending the G20 summit.
Mr Bush's family has not said who will speak at the service.
To commemorate the first former president to die since Gerald Ford in 2006, officials have announced a detailed, four-day schedule of celebratory services and tribute, organised with military precision by the Pentagon task force charged with protecting the USA capital.
Former US President George W. Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush silently standing at his father’s flag-draped casket | REUTERS
He said it was going to be a tough week and he looked forward to it being over.
Bush's son George W. Bush, the nation's 43rd president, posted the photograph on Instagram, with a message announcing Sully's transfer to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in suburban Maryland.
Bush was remembered just feet away from what he called "Democracy's front porch", the west-facing steps of the Capitol where he was sworn in as president.
State funerals are traditionally held for current or former presidents and other officials designated by the president.
Trump has ordered the federal government to close on Wednesday and both the New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq will be closed in observance. "One thing that came through loud and clear, he was very proud of his family and very much loved his family".
Bush and Bill Clinton smile as they leave the Oval Office in 2005.
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