Published: Wed, December 05, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

George HW Bush's final journey to the Capitol

George HW Bush's final journey to the Capitol

Remembrances to George and Barbara Bush sprang up in the Houston neighbourhood where they made their home, at a memorial to President Bush at a city park and at the airport named in his honour.

The dog, which is highly trained, will help other veterans and is going to the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, according to CNN.

The casket carrying the body of George HW Bush is set to arrive in Washington on Monday afternoon, aboard the USA military plane commonly known as Air Force One. Trump and the first lady, Melania Trump, are scheduled to attend.

Bush received the two-year-old Labrador in June from America's VetDogs charity.

McGrath and the presidential library didn't immediately respond to requests for comment.

A similar outpouring is anticipated in Washington this week during the state funeral for Bush, who died late on Friday at his home in Houston.

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Sully will reportedly be traveling with the former President's casket on his flight to Washington, D.C. on Monday.

The dog has also accompanied the family during the ceremonies marking Bush's passing. "Bush of course was defeated for re-election and most people at the time considered him a failed president" because of a recession during his time in the White House.

"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 casket was flown in from Ellington Field Joint Reserve Base, a Texas Air National Guard base, aboard an aircraft that often serves as Air Force One.

Bush's remains will lie in state at the U.S. Capitol Rotunda from Monday night until Wednesday. The president will designate Wednesday, December 5th as a National Day Of Mourning. The crew has been tasked by President Trump with carrying out "Special Air Mission 41".

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.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Bush family during this hard time", said John Miller, president and CEO of America's VetDogs.

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