Mission complete: George HW Bush's service dog in final act of service

Mission complete: George HW Bush's service dog in final act of service

Mission complete: George HW Bush's service dog in final act of service

Pence spoke at a ceremony in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda, where Bush will lie in state through Wednesday.

During this service Bush's grandson George P. Bush will speak as will Bush's best friend, James Baker, Bush's chief of staff and Secretary of State and Secretary of the Treasury.

He said Bush was the first president he ever voted for and was "the first president to teach me and many of us that in a democracy sometimes you fall short", and how you handle that, "is just as important as how you win".

Haslam's office announced Monday the Republican will attend the invitation-only funeral service on Wednesday at Washington National Cathedral.

President from 1989 to 1993, Bush died Friday at age 94.

FILE - Former President George H.W. Bush attends a ceremony to unveil a new garden named in his wife's honor, Sept 29, 2011, in Kennebunkport, Maine.

Following the week of services, Bush will be laid to rest on his presidential library grounds at Texas A&M University, where his wife and Robin, his daughter who died of leukemia in 1953, are buried.

Bush served as Central Intelligence Agency director when Carter first ran for president 1976.

He failed to win a second term after breaking a no-new-taxes pledge.

Trump has ordered the federal government closed Wednesday for a national day of mourning.

The former president's remains will be flown to Washington, D.C. on Monday following a departure ceremony in Houston, Texas.

Bush will then lie in repose at St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Houston, where first lady Barbara Bush's funeral was held in April. "It was truly an honor to have provided service dog Sully to be by the president's side for the past several months".

The president had vascular Parkinsonism, a disease believed to be related to Parkinson's and with similar symptoms. A World War II hero who gave his service revolver to a Navy lieutenant aboard the submarine that rescued him after his plane was shot down.

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

After the war he started an oil business in Texas before entering politics aged 40. He served our nation with humility and passion.

The photo touched the hearts of many Twitter users.

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