Former president's service dog honours his master — George HW Bush

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The state funeral of late former President George H.W. Bush will commence on December 3 and span four days, with 11 ceremonies and three services in two states and the District of Columbia, the Department of Defense announced.

A similar outpouring is anticipated in Washington this week during the state funeral for Bush, who died late Friday at his home in Houston.

President Donald Trump announced he'll send Air Force One to Texas to carry Bush's body to Washington from Houston on December 3. "We are forever grateful to his service to the American people".

Former President George H.W. Bush wears socks with his image as he sits in a cart on the sidelines before an NFL football game in Houston, Dec. 1, 2013. America's VetDogs is a charity that provides service dogs to veterans, active-duty service members and first responders with disabilities. The locomotive has been painted the colors of the Air Force One plane used during his presidency and bears the number "4141" in honour of the 41st president.

"A attractive day In Texas - 'ceiling and visibility unlimited, ' Mr. President", he wrote, in reference to the aviation code phrase for a desirable situation, one used by Bush's family and friends to spread the news of his death. There is little love lost between the leading Republican families: in a book published past year, George HW Bush called Trump "a blowhard ... driven by a certain ego".

The casket will then be transported to the cathedral for the funeral service - the fourth there of a former president.

Bush will lie in state in the Rotunda of the US Capitol from Monday evening Wednesday morning, under the watchful gaze of an around-the-clock honors guard.

Thousands are expected to pay their respects.

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Former Canadian prime minister Brian Mulroney told Politico he will deliver one of several eulogies, at Bush's request.

Following a departure ceremony at 12:30 p.m., the casket bearing the former president will be moved to Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, and flown back to Ellington Field, before being transported to St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Houston. Bush will be buried next to wife Barbara, who died in April, and daughter Robin, who died of leukemia aged three. That partnership eventually took Baker to a career as secretary of state and secretary of the Treasury - and Bush to the White House.

That was a time that saw the end of the Cold War as well as the United States' routing of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein's army in the 1991 Gulf War.

"He knew what combat was all about", Powell said on "This Week". "He knew it meant the death of people.He wanted to avoid a war". "And so he wanted to avoid a war".

A photograph shared on Bush's Twitter page shows a photograph of the couple alongside another former President, Bill Clinton, from the day Sully came to live with him.

At the Group of 20 summit in Argentina, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who was raised in East Germany, told reporters she likely would never have become her country's leader had Bush not pressed for the nation's reunification in 1990. He opened his eyes. "And he led a full life, and a very exemplary life too, I will say".

"I think he was one of the kindest, most generous men", said Marge Frazier, who visited the downtown statue on Sunday while showing friends from California around.

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