Bush Family Does Not Want Repeat of McCain Funeral

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- Bush family spokesman Jim McGrath on Sunday night honored the service dog who accompanied George H.W. Bush during the former president's final months.

President Trump, who will attend the funeral at the Bush family's invitation, declared a national day of mourning for Wednesday and ordered all executive offices and government agencies to close for the day.

He spoke of first meeting Bush as a 29-year-old entering politics and of a letter his son, an enlisted Marine, received from Bush.

Former President George W. Bush will be among those eulogizing his late father on Wednesday, CNN reported Monday, adding that several other former presidents are expected to show up at the funeral.

Bush's public relations folks told Pence Sr. that the ex-president had long eschewed the custom of signing autographs.

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump were among the mourners to pay their respects to Bush as he was lying in state in the Capitol Rotunda on Monday.

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Bush died Friday at his home in Houston.

"It was gracious of him to call", Bush said of Trump, his former rival.

The crew has been tasked by President Trump with carrying out "Special Air Mission 41".

Bush was elected US president in 1988 as the successor to Ronald Reagan.

Vice President Mike Pence, House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell were among the dignitaries who joined the extended Bush family as the president's casket was carried to the Capitol Rotunda, where he will lie in state on the Lincoln Catafalque, first used for Abraham Lincoln's funeral in 1865.

"Out of respect for the 41st President of the United States and to honor his vast contributions to our country during his lifetime, and consistent with the Presidential Proclamation", a statement on the USPS website reads, "the United States Postal Service will suspend regular mail deliveries, retail services and administrative office activity on December 5". "This is the way the country says goodbye to presidents".

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