Body of George HW Bush arrives for Washington memorial

Body of George HW Bush arrives for Washington memorial

Body of George HW Bush arrives for Washington memorial

Bush shared a touching memory of his father, the late President George H.W. Bush, in an interview with "60 Minutes" that aired Sunday.

George HW Bush was a decorated fighter pilot in World War Two, a head of the Central Intelligence Agency and vice-president to Ronald Reagan before being elected president in 1988.

Sully travelled with Mr Bush's body on the Air Force One plane as it was flown from Texas to Washington DC, where it will lie in state ahead of a national day of mourning on Wednesday.

Thousands of mourners had flocked to Bush's presidential library on the campus of Texas A&M university, where they paid respects at a candlelit vigil at a nearby pond or contributing to growing flower memorials in Houston.

Bush died Friday at his home in Houston at age 94.

A funeral service has been planned for Wednesday at the Washington National Cathedral.

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Among those who spent time with Bush in this province were Newfoundland businessmen Harry Steele and Craig Dobbin.

He said Bush's "quality of life had deteriorated a lot" in recent months, but that near the end he was able to talk by phone with his adult children, including former President George W. Bush.

Bush will lie in repose at the St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Houston from 7:45 p.m. ET Wednesday until 7 a.m. Thursday, and a second memorial service will be held Thursday morning at the church, starting at 11 a.m.

Mr Bush will be laid to rest at the George HW Bush Presidential Library Center in College Station, Texas and will be buried alongside his wife, Barbara who died in April, and daughter Robin, who died of leukemia in 1953. "He knew it meant the death of people.He wanted to avoid a war".

Former US first lady Michelle Obama said she was cancelling book tour visits to Paris and Berlin to attend the "important" funeral and honour Bush's "tremendous contributions to our world".

Baker was a young lawyer in Houston grieving his wife's untimely death when Bush, his tennis partner, persuaded him to try something new: help Bush run for office. "He hadn't eaten for three or four days". He looked at me, he says, 'Hey, Bake.

Baker said Bush's last words, in a phone conversation with son George W. Bush, were these: "I love you too".

His ceremony, overseen by reverend Patrick J Conroy, was attended by leading Republicans such as House Speaker Paul Ryan, who spoke in praise of Mr Bush.

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