WASHINGTON - The casket containing the remains of George H.W. Bush is now laying in state, as the nation now begins its formal farewell to the 41st President of the United States.
Bush's remains arrived Monday afternoon at Joint Base Andrews outside Washington aboard an aircraft that often serves as Air Force One.
Former President George W. Bush, the eldest of the four Bush sons, and his wife, Laura, along with brother Neil Bush and his family, were aboard the plane for the trip from Houston.
Bush will lie in state in the U.S. Capitol rotunda for a ceremony and public visitation from starting at 7:30 p.m. Monday through 7 a.m. Wednesday.
An invitation-only funeral service will follow at Washington National Cathedral before his casket returns to Houston for burial.
President Donald Trump, who will attend the funeral service in Washington, has ordered the federal government closed Wednesday for a national day of mourning.
In a Eulogy, Vice President Mike Pence says former President George H.W. Bush's example will always inspire and his lifetime of public service will be enshrined in the hearts of the American people.
Pence says Bush never failed to answer the call to serve his country.
House Speaker Paul Ryan praised George H.W. Bush as a "great patriot," and the first president he had been able to cast a ballot for as a young man. Ryan said Monday, "Here lies a great man."
The Wisconsin Republican was delivering remarks during a ceremony at the Capitol Rotunda where Bush will lie in state, an honor reserved for few. The former president died Friday.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is comparing the "steady hand" with which President George H.W. Bush kept his bomber under control when it was shot down during World War II with the way he guided the country.
McConnell says Bush "kept us on course" as the Kentucky Republican delivered a eulogy for the late president at a ceremony in the Capitol Rotunda on Monday. Bush's flag-covered casket lay in state as McConnell spoke.
Honor Guard carries casket of President George H.W. Bush up the Capitol steps and into the Rotunda.
Casket carrying remains of former President George H.W. Bush arrives at US Capitol as nation begins its formal farewell.
Motorcade for President George H.W. Bush has left Andrews Joint Air Force base to head to Capitol Building where he will lie in state.
Body of George H.W. Bush met with a 21-gun salute as his coffin is put in hearse.
The Bush family exits plane after arriving in Washington, D.C.
Bush family arrives at Joint Base Andrews, escorting the casket of George H.W. Bush, who will lie in state in Washington, D.C., this week as part of a multi-day national tribute. https://t.co/wq5se6d7hz pic.twitter.com/U47K53xfnI— ABC News (@ABC) December 3, 2018
Body of former President George H.W. Bush has arrived at Andrews Air Force Base.
A military aircraft carrying the remains of former President George H.W. Bush has taken off and is flying from Houston to Washington for official mourning ceremonies, including a state funeral.
"Special Air Mission 41," the flight carrying the late President George H.W. Bush, departs for Washington, D.C., with family, friends and staff—joined by 41's service dog, 2-year-old yellow lab Sully—aboard. https://t.co/l3sUKtbzjl pic.twitter.com/sgoOgHaAfJ— ABC News (@ABC) December 3, 2018
George H.W. Bush's remains have made the journey from a Houston funeral home to Ellington Field, where a presidential aircraft will carry them to Washington for a state funeral.
The casket of George H.W. Bush arrives at Ellington Field Joint Reserve Base, Texas, before departing to Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, where the country will continue to honor the former president. https://t.co/4REOVbZ5PB pic.twitter.com/Cn00Ir5hG5— ABC News (@ABC) December 3, 2018
More than 100 invited guests have gathered at Houston's Ellington Field for a ceremony to send off the casket of former President George H.W. Bush to Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland.
A hearse carrying the casket of former President George H.W. Bush has left a Houston funeral home.
.@ABC NEWS SPECIAL REPORT: Former Pres. George H.W. Bush's casket arrives at Ellington Field, Texas en route to Washington, D.C., that start of a four-day national tribute. https://t.co/WHlib3YQJi https://t.co/H38wx4RmgR— ABC News (@ABC) December 3, 2018
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