Post office, other federal offices closed for Bush funeral services

Sully former President George H.W. Bush’s service dog pays his respect to President Bush as he lie in state at the U.S. Capitol in Washington Tuesday Dec. 4 2018

James Baker, who served as Bush's secretary of state and was a longtime friend, eulogised the former president as a peacemaker and "a truly handsome human being".

Mourners laughed as Baker recalled how Bush would let him know a conversation was over: "Baker, if you're so smart, why am I president and you're not?"

Bush will be buried at the gated family plot near his wife and their daughter Robin, who died of leukemia at age 3.

There were rousing renditions of the "Battle Hymn of the Republic" and "Onward Christian Soldiers", but also many of Bush's country favourites. He praised Bush as a "truly handsome human being" who had the "courage of a warrior but the greater courage of a peacemaker".

The founder of Poland's anti-communist Solidarity movement, Lech Walesa (lek vah-WEHN'-sah), attended U.S. President George H.W. Bush's state funeral in Washington wearing a T-shirt with the word "Konstytucja" (Constitution), a symbol of a political struggle in his homeland against the populist government. The nation's 41st president served from 1989 to 1993, and eight years later watched his son George W. became the 43rd president.

A national day of mourning has been declared for today to honor the life of the 41st president of the United States, George H.W. Bush, who died November 30 in Houston at age 94.

Sully former President George H.W. Bush’s service dog is ushered to the Capitol Rotunda by Valerie Cramer to pay his respect to President Bush as he lie in state at the U.S. Capitol in Washington Tuesday Dec. 4 2018. (Manuel Balce Ceneta  The Asso
Post Office, Stock Market Among Closures for Tomorrow's Holiday Honoring Former President Bush

A humble hero of World War II, Bush was just 20 when he survived being shot down during a bombing run over a Japanese island. Their presence was to commemorate Bush's signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the 1990 law that, among its many provisions, required businesses that prohibit pets to give access to service dogs. Bush and family pose in front of George H.W. Bush's official portrait, which is draped with black cloth.

George W. Bush announced that Sully is heading to his next assignment: Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Maryland. Bush passed away on November 30, 2018.

"He was a man of such great humility", said Alan Simpson, former Republican senator from Wyoming. Bush's casket will depart for Joint Base Andrews and then return to Texas.

His death also reduces membership in the club of living ex-presidents to four: Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, George W Bush and Barack Obama.

The Post reported that one person close to the funeral planning said the Bush family's decision to be amicable toward the current president was "at least partly pragmatic" because Trump has the final say over important aspects of the funeral, including the use of Air Force One to carry Bush's body between Texas to Washington.

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