Week filled with events to memorialize Bush 41 – EastTexasMatters.com


TYLER, Texas (KETK) – The nation will spend the week mourning and remembering former President George H.W. Bush through a number of memorial events in Washington D.C. and Houston.

Bush, the nation's 41st president, died Friday night at the age of 94.

The former president's body arrived in the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol Monday, where it will lie in state until Wednesday. Among those who have paid their respects to the late former president are current President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump, who spend several moments in silence before Bush's casket earlier Monday.

On Wednesday, the nation's 41st chief executive will leave the Rotunda for the last time at about 9 a.m. and travel to the National Cathedral, where a service will be held in his honor at 11 a.m. After the 90-minute service, he leave the cathedral by motorcade for Andrews Air Force Base for his final journey home to Texas.

The former president's body will be flown to Ellington Air Field in Houston, and from there will be transported to St. Martin's Episcopal Church, where he will lie in state overnight.

His funeral service will begin at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Martin's, the Bush family church from which Barbara Bush was buried in April of this year. The funeral is by invitation only.

After the funeral, Bush will travel to the West Field Train Depot, where it will be placed in a rail car named for him. The Union Pacific trail that will transport the former president to his final resting place in the Bush Library in College Station will be led by a locomotive called "George Bush 4141."

The locomotive, commissioned in 2005, is custom-painted engine whose colors replicate those of the Air Force One Bush used in his presidency.

On Thursday, his casket will rest in a car pulled by the locomotive during his nearly 100-mile final journey from suburban Houston to College Station. The trip is expected to take about two and a half hours, and the train will travel at about 15-20 mph so bystanders can pay respects.

Bush will be the first late president to be carried to his final resting place by train since Dwight Eisenhower journeyed from Washington, D.C. to Abilene, Kansas in 1969.

He will arrive in College Station across from Kyle Field and the campus of Texas A&M University, where classes will stop. From there, his body will be taken by motorcade to the Bush Library, where there will be a short ceremony with prayer.

The Bush family will then accompany his remains to the gravesite for a private ceremony. There, he will be interred with his wife Barbara and their daughter Robin, who died of leukemia in 1953 at age 3 and whose body was moved to the gravesite in the 1990s.

The Bush gravesite, in a fenced-off area marked by the Presidential Seal, will be open to the public Friday.

If you are attending any of these services, KETK would love to hear from you. Contact us and tell us your story.

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