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George H.W. Bush's casket arrives at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Houston, his place of worship for 50 years, where he will lie in repose ahead of Thursday's service and burial

  • President George H.W. Bush made final journey home as Air Force One landed in Texas Wednesday evening 
  • Dozens of mourners gathered at Houston's Ellington Field to pay their respects to the 41st US president 
  • A motorcade then made the 45-minute drive to St. Martin's Episcopal Church where Bush will lie in repose 
  • Bush's body was flown from Washington, DC, where a state funeral service was held on Wednesday morning  
  • George W. Bush, gave a moving eulogy and broke into sobs as he called him 'the best father a son can have' 
  • President Trump attended the service as did Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter and their wives
  • They all sat together in the front row, displaying a unified front for the first time since the 2016 election
  • Also in attendance was Prince Charles and former politicians including Henry Kissinger and James Baker
  • All of those who spoke eulogized George H.W. as a legendary gentleman, loving family man and statesman
  • They took comfort in the thought that he is now reunited in heaven with his wife Barbara and daughter Robin 
  • George H. W. will be buried Thursday at Bush Presidential Library at Texas A&M University following a service 

By Valerie Edwards and Jennifer Smith For Dailymail.com and Associated Press

Published: 18:27 EST, 5 December 2018 | Updated: 23:10 EST, 5 December 2018

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George H.W. Bush's casket has arrived at St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Texas where he will lie in repose overnight. 

As a military band played, pallbearers carried the flag-draped casket of the former president into Houston’s St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, where the Bush family regularly worshiped.

Wednesday night’s music included the opening notes of Hail to the Chief. 

Among those greeting the motorcade were the city’s top two leaders, Democratic Mayor Sylvester Turner and Republican County Judge Ed Emmett.

On Wednesday evening, Bush's body was flown by Air Force One to Houston's Ellington Air Field following a state funeral service at the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, DC. 

The same military aircraft, nicknamed Special Air Mission 41 in honor of the 41st president, had taken his body to Washington on Monday to lie in state at the Capitol. 

Mourners gathered at the airport to pay their respects to Bush as a black hearse waited for the flag-draped casket on the tarmac. 

While Bush's casket was escorted from the aircraft to the hearse, former President George W. Bush, his wife Laura, and several other family members trailed behind.

A motorcade then drove 45 minutes to St. Martin's Episcopal Church where about 1,200 mourners are expected to attend the service at the church on Thursday morning.   

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Former President George H.W. Bush's casket has arrived at St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Houston, Texas, where he will lie in repose overnight
Former President George H.W. Bush's casket has arrived at St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Houston, Texas, where he will lie in repose overnight

Former President George H.W. Bush's casket has arrived at St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Houston, Texas, where he will lie in repose overnight

Bush and his wife, Barbara, worshiped at St. Martin's (pictured) for more than 50 years. 'It is our turn to show our respect and support as our congregation, as well as our nation, grieve this loss,' reads a message on the church's website
Bush and his wife, Barbara, worshiped at St. Martin's (pictured) for more than 50 years. 'It is our turn to show our respect and support as our congregation, as well as our nation, grieve this loss,' reads a message on the church's website

Bush and his wife, Barbara, worshiped at St. Martin's (pictured) for more than 50 years. 'It is our turn to show our respect and support as our congregation, as well as our nation, grieve this loss,' reads a message on the church's website

As a military band played, pallbearers carried the flag-draped casket of the former president into Houston¿s St. Martin¿s Episcopal Church, where the Bush family regularly worshiped
As a military band played, pallbearers carried the flag-draped casket of the former president into Houston¿s St. Martin¿s Episcopal Church, where the Bush family regularly worshiped
The flag-draped casket of former President George H.W. Bush is carried by a joint services military honor guard
The flag-draped casket of former President George H.W. Bush is carried by a joint services military honor guard

As a military band played, pallbearers carried the flag-draped casket of the former president into Houston’s St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, where the Bush family regularly worshiped

Rev Russell J. Levenson Jr places his hand on the casket of George H.W.  at St. Martin's Episcopal Church Wednesday night
Rev Russell J. Levenson Jr places his hand on the casket of George H.W.  at St. Martin's Episcopal Church Wednesday night

Rev Russell J. Levenson Jr places his hand on the casket of George H.W. at St. Martin's Episcopal Church Wednesday night

A visitor paying respect to George H.W. salutes the flag-covered coffin as he lies in repose at St. Martin's Episcopal Church
A visitor paying respect to George H.W. salutes the flag-covered coffin as he lies in repose at St. Martin's Episcopal Church

A visitor paying respect to George H.W. salutes the flag-covered coffin as he lies in repose at St. Martin's Episcopal Church

Delivering a eulogy is James Baker, Bush's former secretary of state and longtime confidant. Bush's grandson George P. Bush will give the other eulogy. He is the Texas land commissioner. 

Bush and his wife, Barbara, worshiped at St. Martin's for more than 50 years. 

'It is our turn to show our respect and support as our congregation, as well as our nation, grieve this loss,' reads a message on the church's website.  

Bush died last week at the age of 94, and will be laid to rest at his presidential library in College Station, Texas, on Thursday following a funeral service in Houston.

'George H.W. Bush was America's last great soldier-statesman,' Jon Meacham, a presidential biographer, said in a eulogy at the service in Washington. 

'He stood in the breach in the Cold War against totalitarianism. He stood in the breach in Washington against unthinking partisanship.'

Americans mourned Bush on Wednesday, glued to a national memorial service that remembered the way he lived: with the contradictions of tears and laughter, pomp and humility, a warrior's resolve and a father's heart.

Bush's son, the 43rd president, eulogized him as 'a great and noble man' and war hero, but teared up at the thought of a heavenly reunion with his wife and their leukemia-stricken daughter who died in 1953 before her fourth birthday.

'In our grief, I just smile knowing that dad is hugging Robin and holding mom's hand again,' the younger Bush said at the National Cathedral.

Air Force One (pictured), the Boeing 747 aircraft carrying the body of former President George H.W. Bush, landed at Houston's Ellington Field Wednesday evening following a state funeral in Washington, DC
Air Force One (pictured), the Boeing 747 aircraft carrying the body of former President George H.W. Bush, landed at Houston's Ellington Field Wednesday evening following a state funeral in Washington, DC

Air Force One (pictured), the Boeing 747 aircraft carrying the body of former President George H.W. Bush, landed at Houston's Ellington Field Wednesday evening following a state funeral in Washington, DC

A joint services military honor guard (pictured) escorted Bush's casket from the aircraft to a black hearse at Ellington Air Field
A joint services military honor guard (pictured) escorted Bush's casket from the aircraft to a black hearse at Ellington Air Field

A joint services military honor guard (pictured) escorted Bush's casket from the aircraft to a black hearse at Ellington Air Field

Bush died last week at the age of 94, and will be laid to rest at his presidential library in College Station, Texas, on Thursday following a funeral service in Houston
Bush died last week at the age of 94, and will be laid to rest at his presidential library in College Station, Texas, on Thursday following a funeral service in Houston

Bush died last week at the age of 94, and will be laid to rest at his presidential library in College Station, Texas, on Thursday following a funeral service in Houston

Family members of former President George H.W. Bush walk off Special Air Mission 41 as the casket arrives in Houston 
Family members of former President George H.W. Bush walk off Special Air Mission 41 as the casket arrives in Houston 

Family members of former President George H.W. Bush walk off Special Air Mission 41 as the casket arrives in Houston 

Bush's family members are seen exiting Air Force One Wednesday evening as they prepared to head to St. Martin's Episcopal Church
Bush's family members are seen exiting Air Force One Wednesday evening as they prepared to head to St. Martin's Episcopal Church

Bush's family members are seen exiting Air Force One Wednesday evening as they prepared to head to St. Martin's Episcopal Church

Former President George W. Bush and Laura Bush are seen walking to the hearse as the casket of arrives at Ellington Field Wednesday evening
Former President George W. Bush and Laura Bush are seen walking to the hearse as the casket of arrives at Ellington Field Wednesday evening

Former President George W. Bush and Laura Bush are seen walking to the hearse as the casket of arrives at Ellington Field Wednesday evening

Mourners gathered at the airport to pay their respects to Bush as a black hearse waited for the flag-draped casket on the tarmac
Mourners gathered at the airport to pay their respects to Bush as a black hearse waited for the flag-draped casket on the tarmac

Mourners gathered at the airport to pay their respects to Bush as a black hearse waited for the flag-draped casket on the tarmac

From the airport, a motorcade made the 45-minute drive to St. Martin Episcopal Church where Bush and his wife, Barbara, worshiped for more than 50 years
From the airport, a motorcade made the 45-minute drive to St. Martin Episcopal Church where Bush and his wife, Barbara, worshiped for more than 50 years

From the airport, a motorcade made the 45-minute drive to St. Martin Episcopal Church where Bush and his wife, Barbara, worshiped for more than 50 years

The ceremony, packed with elements of kingly reverence, included moments of laughter as he seemed to swap jokes with an historian, a former Canadian prime minister and a former senator in eulogies separated by majestic musical tributes.

George W. buckled with grief as he called his dad 'the best father a son or daughter can have'.

'We're going to miss you. Your decency, sincerity and your kind soul will stay with us forever,' he said, fixing his gaze on a flag-draped casket. Rapturous applause followed, as much for father as for son.

Eleven years ago, George H.W. spoke about the process of planning his own funeral, wondering if anyone of significance would come.

Heads of state and celebrities flew in by the dozen, along with every living former US president and vice president. 

Wednesday's once-in-a-generation funeral – at times both soul-searing and hilarious – was the centerpiece of four days of events including two Air Force One flights, a 70-mile train trip, three services and more than 30 hours lying in state under the cavernous dome of the US Capitol.

George W. broke into sobs at the end of his touching eulogy to his father on Wednesday. He paid tribute to him as the 'best father a son or daughter can have' and honored his service to the country as both the 41st president and during the war 
George W. broke into sobs at the end of his touching eulogy to his father on Wednesday. He paid tribute to him as the 'best father a son or daughter can have' and honored his service to the country as both the 41st president and during the war 

George W. broke into sobs at the end of his touching eulogy to his father on Wednesday. He paid tribute to him as the 'best father a son or daughter can have' and honored his service to the country as both the 41st president and during the war 

Republicans and Democrats, an estimated 57,000 in all, lined up there for hours before paying their final respects in a hushed quiet that's rare in America's bustling legislative headquarters.

Ninety-five-year-old Bob Dole – a former senator and, like Bush, an undisputed World War II hero – made the most dramatic silent statement. 

He rose from his wheelchair for a moment, determined to stand just long enough to salute his fallen comrade.

George W. and Laura Bush surprised mourners Tuesday night, returning for a second visit hours after a polished and televised arrival ceremony.

Seeing a mother and child in the crowd, his eyes lit up and he was at once the all-smiles president Americans knew during the eight months before the 9/11 terror attacks.

He held the tiny girl aloft and posed for photos with his father's casket in the background, a tableau that spanned five generations and nearly a century of American history. 

As he made his way back from the pulpit, George W. placed a loving hand on his father's flag-draped casket as he cried 
As he made his way back from the pulpit, George W. placed a loving hand on his father's flag-draped casket as he cried 

As he made his way back from the pulpit, George W. placed a loving hand on his father's flag-draped casket as he cried 

The former president received rapturous applause from the congregation, many of whom were left in tears by his emotional tribute 
The former president received rapturous applause from the congregation, many of whom were left in tears by his emotional tribute 

The former president received rapturous applause from the congregation, many of whom were left in tears by his emotional tribute 

After roaring applause from the congregation, George W. was comforted by his wife and his brother Jeb as he returned to his pew. He sobbed some more then started smiling, kissed his wife and clutched his brother's hand 
After roaring applause from the congregation, George W. was comforted by his wife and his brother Jeb as he returned to his pew. He sobbed some more then started smiling, kissed his wife and clutched his brother's hand 

After roaring applause from the congregation, George W. was comforted by his wife and his brother Jeb as he returned to his pew. He sobbed some more then started smiling, kissed his wife and clutched his brother's hand 

As the cathedral filled with applause, George W. smiled through his tears and started laughing, entirely overcome with emotion after the two-hour long service 
As the cathedral filled with applause, George W. smiled through his tears and started laughing, entirely overcome with emotion after the two-hour long service 

As the cathedral filled with applause, George W. smiled through his tears and started laughing, entirely overcome with emotion after the two-hour long service 

The former president was comforted enthusiastically by his proud brother Jeb who grabbed his hand the minute he sat back down and squeezed it after listening to him eulogize their father. Jeb spoke at their mother's funeral in April 
The former president was comforted enthusiastically by his proud brother Jeb who grabbed his hand the minute he sat back down and squeezed it after listening to him eulogize their father. Jeb spoke at their mother's funeral in April 

The former president was comforted enthusiastically by his proud brother Jeb who grabbed his hand the minute he sat back down and squeezed it after listening to him eulogize their father. Jeb spoke at their mother's funeral in April 

The Bushes were uplifted as they left the service, smiling and greeting mourners as they made their way out of the cathedral
The Bushes were uplifted as they left the service, smiling and greeting mourners as they made their way out of the cathedral

The Bushes were uplifted as they left the service, smiling and greeting mourners as they made their way out of the cathedral

George H.W.'s casket is carried out of the National Cathedral on Wednesday to be taken to Joint Base Andrews. He will be laid to rest in the same cemetery where his wife and daughter are buried
George H.W.'s casket is carried out of the National Cathedral on Wednesday to be taken to Joint Base Andrews. He will be laid to rest in the same cemetery where his wife and daughter are buried

George H.W.'s casket is carried out of the National Cathedral on Wednesday to be taken to Joint Base Andrews. He will be laid to rest in the same cemetery where his wife and daughter are buried

A 10-minute walk to the south was the office where George H.W. began his national political career, a four-year stint in Congress during which he occupied the office space now belonging to New York Democrat Hakeem Jeffries.

That preceded White House assignments as a special envoy to China and ambassador to the United Nations. 

Bush was later the director of the CIA before spending eight years as Ronald Reagan's vice president.

Bush will reach his final resting place Thursday, a plot on the grounds of his presidential library at Texas A&M University where Robin and former first lady Barbara wait for him 
Bush will reach his final resting place Thursday, a plot on the grounds of his presidential library at Texas A&M University where Robin and former first lady Barbara wait for him 

Bush will reach his final resting place Thursday, a plot on the grounds of his presidential library at Texas A&M University where Robin and former first lady Barbara wait for him 

In 1988 he became was the first sitting vice president in 150 years to succeed his boss in the Oval Office.

Bush will reach his final resting place Thursday, a plot on the grounds of his presidential library at Texas A&M University where Robin waits for him along with former first lady Barbara.

They were married for 73 years. 

The service will take place at 10am Thursday and at 12.45pm, his body will be taken to the Union Pacific Railroad Westfield Auto Facility for the final ride to the cemetery at Texas A&M University. 

Officials said the university will be closed for the day. 

The trip will be made by Union Pacific 4141, which was commissioned in Bush's honor. 

Wednesday's funeral procession to the cathedral followed the fanfare and pageantry of a departure from the Capitol, complete with a 21-gun salute, the fourth since Monday, booming over a quiet, damp Washington morning.

Soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines saluted their former commander-in-chief. 

Mourners lined the streets and watched as a black Cadillac hearse bearing the Seal of the President of the United States arrived at a stately house of God. 

George H.W. Bush spoke openly about dying and that he was ready to rejoin his wife, Barbara Pierce, in heaven. She died in April this year
George H.W. Bush spoke openly about dying and that he was ready to rejoin his wife, Barbara Pierce, in heaven. She died in April this year
He also spoke of his hope that they would be reunited with their daughter Robin who died in 1953, aged three, from leukemia
He also spoke of his hope that they would be reunited with their daughter Robin who died in 1953, aged three, from leukemia

Many of the remarks at Wednesday's service were about how George H.W. was looking forward to reuniting with his wife Barbara, who died in April, and Robin, their toddler daughter they lost in 1953, to leukemia 

Bush's casket is seen being carried in to the National Cathedral in Washington, DC on Wednesday 
Bush's casket is seen being carried in to the National Cathedral in Washington, DC on Wednesday 

Bush's casket is seen being carried in to the National Cathedral in Washington, DC on Wednesday 

DC's biggest bells tolled as pallbearers representing every military service branch walked a somber cadence. Crosses and candles shared a procession with a single American flag. 

Alleluias rang out, led by a military chorus and the church's own choir including children too young to have known any national leader named Bush.

The surviving President Bush, now his family's most visible legacy, entered the cathedral last along with former first lady Laura, taking his place with other family members in front pew across a well-worn aisle from President Donald Trump and every living former president.

He was seen fighting back tears as his father's remains left the Capitol. 

But a more stoic Bush stood at attention for his father along with more than 1,000 other black-clad Americans as men in dress uniforms gently placed the coffin at the altar.

Trump, Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama sat wordlessly through nearly two hours of remembrances, a tribute to the man for whom they showed varying degrees of contempt and admiration while he was alive.

Jeb Bush is pictured wiping a tear during the memorial service for his father on Wednesday 
Jeb Bush is pictured wiping a tear during the memorial service for his father on Wednesday 

Jeb Bush is pictured wiping a tear during the memorial service for his father on Wednesday 

There were laughs among the tears as the first of several speakers gave glowing and emotional tributes to the former president 
There were laughs among the tears as the first of several speakers gave glowing and emotional tributes to the former president 

There were laughs among the tears as the first of several speakers gave glowing and emotional tributes to the former president 

George W. laughs along with his wife Laura as they listen to eulogies dedicated to his father at Wednesday's service 
George W. laughs along with his wife Laura as they listen to eulogies dedicated to his father at Wednesday's service 

George W. laughs along with his wife Laura as they listen to eulogies dedicated to his father at Wednesday's service 

Jeb Bush laughs while his sister-in-law wipes a tear from her eye and former George W. smirks at them both as Jon Meacham, a journalist who penned Bush  biography, speaks 
Jeb Bush laughs while his sister-in-law wipes a tear from her eye and former George W. smirks at them both as Jon Meacham, a journalist who penned Bush  biography, speaks 

Jeb Bush laughs while his sister-in-law wipes a tear from her eye and former George W. smirks at them both as Jon Meacham, a journalist who penned George H.W.'s biography, speaks 

Former president Bush closed his eyes tightly as the family left the cathedral following the service on Wednesday 
Former president Bush closed his eyes tightly as the family left the cathedral following the service on Wednesday 

Former president Bush closed his eyes tightly as the family left the cathedral following the service on Wednesday 

George W. and his wife led his siblings into the service  on Wednesday morning. Behind them is his brother Jeb with his wife Columba, Neil Bush with his wife Maria, Marvin Bush with his wife Margaret and, not pictured, their sister Dorothy with her husband Bobby Koch 
George W. and his wife led his siblings into the service  on Wednesday morning. Behind them is his brother Jeb with his wife Columba, Neil Bush with his wife Maria, Marvin Bush with his wife Margaret and, not pictured, their sister Dorothy with her husband Bobby Koch 

George W. and his wife led his siblings into the service  on Wednesday morning. Behind them is his brother Jeb with his wife Columba, Neil Bush with his wife Maria, Marvin Bush with his wife Margaret and, not pictured, their sister Dorothy with her husband Bobby Koch 

Outside, mourners gathered to watch the former president's casket as it was put back into the hearse to be driven to Joint Base Andrews 
Outside, mourners gathered to watch the former president's casket as it was put back into the hearse to be driven to Joint Base Andrews 

Outside, mourners gathered to watch the former president's casket as it was put back into the hearse to be driven to Joint Base Andrews 

Trump has been consistently critical of the late Bush for his military adventurism and regime-change policies in the Persian Gulf and Panama, which he believes sacrificed too much American blood and treasure for minimal return.

He even mocked Bush's Thousand Points of Light volunteerism program this summer, claiming his 'Make America Great Again' slogan provided a better, more aspirational vision.

Following Bush's death, the current president treated Americans to a kinder, gentler Trump. 

'We lost a president who truly was a wonderful person, a wonderful man, a great man,' he told reporters Saturday during the G20 summit in Argentina.

On Wednesday he proclaimed the cathedral service 'not a funeral' but 'a day of celebration for a great man who has led a long and distinguished life.'

Trump didn't deliver a eulogy. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said Tuesday that George W. had 'dibs' on the unusual occasion of a former president eulogizing a parent who had held the same office.

SPECIAL AIR MISSION 41: FINAL FLIGHT HOME 

George H.W.'s casket was taken to Joint Base Andrews after the service to be boarded onto Air Force One and flown home to Texas
George H.W.'s casket was taken to Joint Base Andrews after the service to be boarded onto Air Force One and flown home to Texas

George H.W.'s casket was taken to Joint Base Andrews after the service to be boarded onto Air Force One and flown home to Texas

Former president George W. waved goodbye to  DC after an emotional morning mourning the loss of his father before boarding Air Force One 
Former president George W. waved goodbye to  DC after an emotional morning mourning the loss of his father before boarding Air Force One 

Former president George W. waved goodbye to DC after an emotional morning mourning the loss of his father before boarding Air Force One 

Air Force One departed Air Base Andrews on Wednesday afternoon before landing in Texas shortly after 5pm
Air Force One departed Air Base Andrews on Wednesday afternoon before landing in Texas shortly after 5pm

Air Force One departed Air Base Andrews on Wednesday afternoon before landing in Texas shortly after 5pm

Even John Quincy Adams, America's 6th president and the only other to follow his father in the White House, didn't have that opportunity when John Adams, the 2nd president, died a few hours after Thomas Jefferson on July 4, 1826.

In DC, the younger Adams didn't get news that his father, 90, was at death's door until two days after his burial.

George W was able to hear his father's last words via telephone.

'I called him,' he recalled on Wednesday. 'I said, "Dad, I love you. You've been a wonderful father".'

'And the last words he would ever say on earth were, "I love you too".'

Bush, whose own tumultuous presidency was measured against his father's as it unfolded, said historians will be kind to his dad. 

TRIBUTES TO A '20TH CENTURY FOUNDING FATHER' 

Jenna Bush Hager gives a reading at her grandfather George H.W.'s funeral
Jenna Bush Hager gives a reading at her grandfather George H.W.'s funeral
She placed a loving hand on her grandfather's casket as she made her way to the pulpit
She placed a loving hand on her grandfather's casket as she made her way to the pulpit

Jenna Bush Hager read Revelation 21:1-4, 6-7 and 23-25. She placed a loving hand on her grandfather's casket as she made her way to the pulpit

Lauren Bush Lauren and her sister, Ashley, read Isaiah 60: 1-5, verses 18-20 which reads in part: 'The Lord rises upon you and his glory appears over you. Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn'
Lauren Bush Lauren and her sister, Ashley, read Isaiah 60: 1-5, verses 18-20 which reads in part: 'The Lord rises upon you and his glory appears over you. Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn'

Lauren Bush Lauren and her sister, Ashley, read Isaiah 60: 1-5, verses 18-20 which reads in part: 'The Lord rises upon you and his glory appears over you. Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn'

President Donald Trump attended with his wife, First Lady Melania Trump, and former president Barack Obama at the funeral of America's 41st president. They were joined by former president Bill Clinton, his wife Hillary and former president Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn 
President Donald Trump attended with his wife, First Lady Melania Trump, and former president Barack Obama at the funeral of America's 41st president. They were joined by former president Bill Clinton, his wife Hillary and former president Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn 

President Donald Trump attended with his wife, First Lady Melania Trump, and former president Barack Obama at the funeral of America's 41st president. They were joined by former president Bill Clinton, his wife Hillary and former president Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn 

Prince Charles was seated near Vice President Mike Pence at the funeral of George H.W.  on Wednesday 
Prince Charles was seated near Vice President Mike Pence at the funeral of George H.W.  on Wednesday 

Prince Charles was seated near Vice President Mike Pence at the funeral of George H.W. on Wednesday 

Charles sat quietly throughout the service next to former Prime Minister John Major. The pair were sat behind German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other mourners 
Charles sat quietly throughout the service next to former Prime Minister John Major. The pair were sat behind German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other mourners 

Charles sat quietly throughout the service next to former Prime Minister John Major. The pair were sat behind German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other mourners 

Former president George W was upbeat as others spoke. He shook hands with Meacham after his kind and touching remarks 
Former president George W was upbeat as others spoke. He shook hands with Meacham after his kind and touching remarks 

Former president George W was upbeat as others spoke. He shook hands with Meacham after his kind and touching remarks 

George W.  and his wife Barbara led the funeral procession. They were followed by his brother Neil Bush with his wife Maria and former Florida governor Jeb Bush with his wife Columba 
George W.  and his wife Barbara led the funeral procession. They were followed by his brother Neil Bush with his wife Maria and former Florida governor Jeb Bush with his wife Columba 

George W. and his wife Barbara led the funeral procession. They were followed by his brother Neil Bush with his wife Maria and former Florida governor Jeb Bush with his wife Columba 

Barbara Bush (right) arrived with her head up, walking in front of her brother-in-law Henry Chase Hager (center) and her twin sister Jenna (left) 
Barbara Bush (right) arrived with her head up, walking in front of her brother-in-law Henry Chase Hager (center) and her twin sister Jenna (left) 

Barbara Bush (right) arrived with her head up, walking in front of her brother-in-law Henry Chase Hager (center) and her twin sister Jenna (left) 

'They will say that George H.W. Bush was a great president of the United States. A diplomat of unmatched skill. A commander in chief of formidable accomplishment,' he said from the pulpit.

'He showed me what it means to be a president who serves with integrity leads with courage and acts with love in his heart for the citizens of our country.'

George W. wove threads through stories of his personal life, his political career and his formative World War II service as the US Navy's youngest pilot.

Speaking of the elder Bush's life-long love for Barbara, who died in April, he said that 'all he really wanted to do was hold mom's hand again'.

Barbara would remind her children, he said, that their father was the only boy she had ever kissed.

'He laughed and cried with her. He was dedicated to her totally,' the younger George said.

Late in life the two would watch police show reruns with 'the volume on high. All the while holding mom's hand'.

His eulogy also touched on his father's devotion to Robin Bush despite losing her so young. He said he prayed to her every day and 'showed us how setbacks could strengthen'.

But like the other three speakers, George W. included lighter moments that drew laughter through tears.

'His short game was lousy,' he said, speaking of golf. 'He wasn't exactly Fred Astaire on the dance floor.' 

Bush was fraught with emotion and was nervous about not being able to get through the day without breaking down. He was comforted by his brother Jeb and Jeb's wife Columba before they entered the cathedral 
Bush was fraught with emotion and was nervous about not being able to get through the day without breaking down. He was comforted by his brother Jeb and Jeb's wife Columba before they entered the cathedral 

Bush was fraught with emotion and was nervous about not being able to get through the day without breaking down. He was comforted by his brother Jeb and Jeb's wife Columba before they entered the cathedral 

George W. was somber as he followed members of the US Air Force Honor Guard into the cathedral  
George W. was somber as he followed members of the US Air Force Honor Guard into the cathedral  

George W. was somber as he followed members of the US Air Force Honor Guard into the cathedral  

George W. salutes his father's casket as it arrives the National Cathedral on Wednesday after being driven from the Capitol 
George W. salutes his father's casket as it arrives the National Cathedral on Wednesday after being driven from the Capitol 

George W. salutes his father's casket as it arrives the National Cathedral on Wednesday after being driven from the Capitol 

Congressional leadership including House Speaker Paul Ryan, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and their spouses gathered outside the Capitol to salute the former president's casket as it was removed following two days of viewing
Congressional leadership including House Speaker Paul Ryan, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and their spouses gathered outside the Capitol to salute the former president's casket as it was removed following two days of viewing

Congressional leadership including House Speaker Paul Ryan, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and their spouses gathered outside the Capitol to salute the former president's casket as it was removed following two days of viewing

'The man couldn't stomach vegetables, especially broccoli, and by the way, he passed these genetic defects on to us,' Bush quipped.

The late president's remains began the weekend in Houston. Family members accompanied the casket to Washington on the plane that typically serves as Air Force One, a gesture from Trump.

A return trip eight miles in the air aboard Special Mission 41 was scheduled for Wednesday afternoon after a slow drive past the White House on the way to Joint Base Andrews in Maryland.

After a second public viewing in Houston, Texans will say their farewells at an Episcopal service before Bush's coffin is hoisted aboard a specialized Union Pacific train car – in a Plexiglas-covered compartment – for a 2-1/2 hou

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