Hundreds stream past George H.W. Bush's casket at Capitol

Hundreds stream past George H.W. Bush's casket at Capitol

Mr. Bush is the first president since President Ford's 2006 death to lie in state, and the nation's capital excels at the pageantry. On Monday, his body was brought to the US Capitol rotunda where Bush will lie in state until Wednesday morning, an honor reserved for government officials and military officers.

Following Bush's death Friday at his Houston home at the age of 94, the Dole Institute of Politics put up a special memorial display.

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

"All his years in public service were characterized by kindness, modesty and patriotism", Pence said.

Bush himself seemed to be holding back tears.Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, the Senate Democratic leader, placed wreaths in the short ceremony before the rotunda was to be opened to the public.

Trump salutes Bush's casket, which is lying in state in the Capitol Rotunda until Wednesday.

Outside the Capitol, a long line of people waiting to pay their respects to the 41st President began to form early in the evening. She told Xinhua that she respected Bush immensely.

The younger President Bush, his wife, Laura, and others from the family traveled on the flight from Houston.

Trump and former Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter are expected to attend the service, according to sources familiar with the planning of the funeral. Here's more on just how well the Prince of Wales actually knew George H.W. Bush.

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"Mission complete", McGrath tweeted, showing Sully the dog.

US financial markets will also be closed on Wednesday to honor Bush, and the US Supreme Court postponed arguments. The 95-year-old Dole, who uses a wheelchair, was helped to his feet by an aide and saluted the former commander in chief.

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