Texas A&M University to Close for President George H.W. Bush's Funeral

Sully the service dog of former U.S. President George H. W. Bush in his final months lays in front of Bush's casket at the George H. Lewis & Sons funeral home in Houston Texas on Dec 3 2018

On Monday George H.W. Bush embarked on his final tour of Washington as the nation prepared to bid farewell to its 41st president. His remains are scheduled to arrive at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland in the afternoon.

From there, the president's casket will be taken to the U.S. Capitol in Washington.

Former President George H.W. Bush is remembered before the Pittsburgh Steelers play the San Diego Chargers at Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, PA, Dec 2, 2018.

Bush died Friday at his home in Houston at 94. This website is not intended for users located within the European Economic Area.

On Sunday, students, staff and visitors had flocked to Bush's presidential library on the campus of Texas A&M University, with thousands of mourners paying their respects at a weekend candlelight vigil at a nearby pond and others contributing to growing flower memorials at Bush statues at both the library and a park in downtown Houston.

Meanwhile, the City of Houston is honoring George H.W. Bush with a City Hall tribute and is urging people who attend to dress in colorful socks. Wednesday has been designated by President Trump as a national day of mourning, and most federal agencies will be closed with federal workers given the day off.

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Many spoke of Bush's role in a bygone era of bipartisan civility in United States politics, a sharp contrast to today's bitter divisions in the age of President Donald Trump, a fellow Republican.

He said Bush's "quality of life had deteriorated a lot" in recent months, but that near the end he was able to talk by phone with his adult children, including former President George W. Bush. His casket will be transported by motorcade Wednesday morning to the National Cathedral, where a state funeral will be held at 11 a.m. EST. The photo was shared on George W. Bush's Instagram page.

Millie was famously referenced during the 1992 presidential campaign, when Bush said, of Bill Clinton and Al Gore, "My dog Millie knows more about foreign affairs than these two bozos".

Baker said the elder Bush's last words were, "I love you, too", spoken to the younger President Bush, the country's 43rd president.

Bush will then be returned to Houston to lie in repose at St Martin's Episcopal church before burial on Thursday at his family plot on the library grounds.

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