Trump plane to collect Bush casket for days-long homage

Read The Gracious, Humble Note George H.W. Bush Left In Oval Office For Bill Clinton

Family and former staff of former U.S. President George H.W. Bush will hold a brief ceremony on Monday morning at a Texas Air National Guard base outside Houston, putting his casket onto Air Force One for a final trip to Washington.

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell called him "a ideal American" for how "he served the country in so many capacities".

The Supreme Court is delaying arguments by a day while a national day of mourning is held for former President George H.W. Bush.

President Donald Trump announced he'll send Air Force One to Texas to carry Bush's body to Washington from Houston on December 3.

The crew, who flew the plane to Houston on Sunday, have been tasked with carrying out "Special Air Mission 41", the number a reference to Bush's place in the roster of America's presidents.

He added: "A attractive day In Texas - 'ceiling and visibility unlimited, ' Mr. President".

Bush will lie in state at the U.S. Capitol Rotunda from Monday through Wednesday, when a state funeral is scheduled at the National Cathedral.

Trump has said he and wife Melania will attend. He also led the U.S.to a military victory in reversing Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein's takeover of Kuwait.

In a second message, she said she hoped readers and ticket holders would understand the decision "and join me in paying tribute" to Bush and "his tremendous contributions to our world".

In 1799, the nation officially had its first state funeral with the death of George Washington, the first president.

After the funeral in Washington DC, there will be a private memorial service in Houston, Texas, for Mr Bush's family and he will be buried at the presidential library in Texas next to his wife.

The heartwarming image of Sully by the casket was tweeted by Jim McGrath, former President Bush's spokesman, on Sunday night. Sully will reportedly make one last journey with the 41st president, who served from 1989 to 1993.

A moving photo of the late President George H. He also presided over the end of the Cold War between the United States and the former Soviet Union.

When an aide told Bush that Baker was visiting Friday, "he perked up".

A photograph shared on Bush's Twitter page shows a photograph of the couple alongside another former President, Bill Clinton, from the day Sully came to live with him.

Baker said when his presence was announced to Bush earlier Friday, "he opened both eyes".

"Little did I know or did he know, of course, that by 10 o'clock that night he'd be in heaven", Baker said.

"Good, that's where I want to go", Bush said.

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