5 for National Day of Mourning

5 for National Day of Mourning

5 for National Day of Mourning

President Donald Trump has declared a national day of mourning for the late President George H.W. Bush, to take place on Wednesday, December 5. A WWII combat veteran, Bush served as a member of Congress from Texas, ambassador to the United Nations, director of the Central Intelligence Agency, vice president and 41st president of the United States.

Bush is the 12th USA president to lie in state in the Capitol Rotunda.

"Here lies a great man", said Paul Ryan, the Republican House speaker, and "a gentle soul ... his legacy is grace perfected".

Although Mr Bush's funeral services are suffused with the flourishes accorded presidents, by his choice they will not include a formal funeral procession through downtown Washington.

Even though they were competitors in 1988 for the Republican presidential primaries, with Bush ultimately coming out on top, the two remained friendly through the years.

Bush died on Friday at age 94.

5 for National Day of Mourning

Mr Trump is expected to sit in a row of the National Cathedral in Washington, DC, alongside former presidents Barack Obama, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter for the service. "We spent a week there working with President Bush's team", Hibbard said.

Sully, Bush's service dog, also made an appearance. "The entire Bush family is deeply grateful for 41's life and love, for the compassion of those who have cared and prayed for Dad, and for the condolences of our family and fellow citizens". Brad Hibbard was among those who brought Sully to the Bush's summer home in Kennebunkport, Maine, last June, offering the president companionship and support during his time of grief.

But the two men forged a working relationship.

Bush and family pose in front of George H.W. Bush's official portrait, which is draped with black cloth.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said America stands with the Bush family "in mourning but also in gratitude".

A humble hero of World War II, Mr Bush was just 20 when he survived being shot down during a bombing run over a Japanese island.

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