Federal offices to close for national day of mourning

Joann Johnston
December 6, 2018

Dignitaries came forward on Monday to honour the Texan whose service to his country extended three quarters of a century, from the Second World War through his final years as an advocate for volunteerism and relief for people displaced by natural disaster.

Bush achieved the office that Dole sought in 1996 as the Republican presidential nominee.

Bush will be commemorated at a service at the National Cathedral Wednesday morning before being laid to rest Friday in Texas.

Dole helped shepherd The Americans with Disabilities Act through Congress, which Bush signed as president. The former president's children and family - including former President George W. Bush - attended a Monday ceremony for the late president. A WWII combat veteran, Bush served as a member of Congress from Texas, ambassador to the United Nations, director of the Central Intelligence Agency, vice president and 41st president of the United States.

The Bush family has assured Trump that eulogies at Wednesday's funeral will avoid any criticism of him, The Washington Post reported.

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Bush was elected president in 1988 after serving two terms as President Ronald Reagan's vice president.

House Speaker Paul Ryan said "here lies a great man, a gentle soul". Bush's Instagram account. She was invited to the White House by first lady Melania Trump. Bush himself seemed to be holding back tears.

He also presided over the end of the Cold War between the United States and the former Soviet Union.

Although Bush's funeral services are suffused with the flourishes accorded presidents, by his choice they will not include a formal funeral procession through downtown Washington. Here's more on just how well the Prince of Wales actually knew George H.W. Bush.

President Donald Trump went in person Tuesday to pay his respects to the grieving Bush family in his latest show of peacemaking with the political clan he once fought bitterly.

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