Today, the public gets its chance to say goodbye to our 41st President.
George H.W. Bush died Friday in Houston at the age of 94.
Crowds are already lining up at the Capitol in Washington, D.C.
The body of George H.W. Bush arrives in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda where he will lie in state.
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Four days of remembering a president, a patriot and a man from an era gone by according to many begins here in Washington, Monday afternoon.
Today, George H. W. Bush makes one last trip to Washington, Air Force One, renamed Special Mission 41 for the trip in honor of the 41st President.
His life one of seemingly unmatched dedication to his country.
Nearly 70-years of service: A fighter pilot in World War II, a congressman, Ambassador to the United Nations, Director of the CIA, vice president, president and after his time in the White House, a force for charity.
Love spilling out across the country now tributes from his adopted hometown of Houston through the coastline in his beloved Kennebunkport.
This afternoon, dignitaries, family, and friends will gather for a short service in the Capitol rotunda where he will lie in state.
Thousands expected to pay their respects over the next couple of days.
Ahead of a state funeral Wednesday at the national cathedral to say goodbye to a president, a patriot and era of civility in politics seemingly lost with his passing.
President George W. Bush said, “People if they analyze not only his accomplishments but his character, they’ll say — “Job well done, George H. W. Bush.”
After three days of public memorials and tributes, the family will hold a private funeral in Houston.
And the president will be buried next to his wife, at his presidential library, on the campus of Texas A&M.
Starting Monday afternoon, former President George Herbert Walker Bush‘s body will lie in state in Washington D.C. at the U.S. Capitol.
Alixe Mattingly, former Deputy Press Secretary to Vice President George H.W. Bush said,
“His humility, his integrity, and his character and his ability to relate to people.”
Foreign policy marked the Bush presidency: Panama, the Persian Gulf, NAFTA, the collapse of the Soviet Union, The fall of the Berlin Wall.
Former Vice President Dick Cheney said, “Not by brute force, not by threats not by taking advantage, you know dancing on Berlin wall as it came down. It was masterfully handled.”
A former Navy aviator, Bush launched the first Gulf War.
Colin Powell, former Secretary of State for President George H.W. Bush said, “He knew what combat was all about. He knew that combat meant the death of people, people on your side and people on the other side.”
But he broke his pledge to of no new taxes and it cost him a second term.
He’ll be memorialized Wednesday at the National Cathedral.
Kevin Eckstrom, the Washington National Cathedral Chief Communications Officer said,
“This is a very custom tailored event what they wanted and we’re just happy to be able to execute it.”
President Bush died surrounded by family and friends like former Secretary of State James Baker and his wife Susan.
James Baker, former Secretary of State and White House Chief of Staff to President George H.W. Bush said, “She went over and kissed him on the forehead. And she said, ‘We really love you, Jefe. We love you very much.’ He looked at her. He said, ‘You’d better hurry up.'”
Keeping his sense of humor until the end.
Former President Bush will lie in state in Washington Monday and Tuesday.