America's national farewell to George H.W. Bush began Monday as the 41st US president was placed in the US Capitol to lie in state.
The casket carrying the body of George HW Bush is set to arrive in Washington on Monday afternoon, aboard the U.S. military plane commonly known as Air Force One.
The political dynasty, led by son and former President George W. Bush, accompanied the patriarch's body on the flight aboard the presidential plane from Texas to Joint Base Andrews outside Washington, and then on a trip down Pennsylvania Avenue to the steps of the Capitol.
Bush, who was president from 1989 to 1993, will lie in state beneath the soaring U.S. Capitol rotunda for a ceremony and public visitation from Monday through Wednesday.
In a tribute to the late 41st president posted on Twitter over the weekend, Trump called Bush "a truly wonderful man [who] will be missed by all!"
A funeral service has been planned for Wednesday at the Washington National Cathedral.
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FILE - Former President George H.W. Bush attends a ceremony to unveil a new garden named in his wife's honor, Sept 29, 2011, in Kennebunkport, Maine. In late April, he was taken to hospital with an infection that spread to his blood, soon after the funeral of his late wife Barbara Bush. His death also reduces membership in the exclusive ex-presidents' club to four: Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama.
"A attractive day In Texas - 'ceiling and visibility unlimited, ' Mr. President", he wrote, in reference to the aviation code phrase for a desirable situation, one used by Bush's family and friends to spread the news of his death.
James Baker, Bush's former secretary of state and his friend of 60 years, told CNN on Sunday he considered Bush as "the most kind and considerate person I ever knew".
His casket was being transported to Washington on Monday for a state funeral later this week.
In honor of the 41st president, President Trump has declared Wednesday a national day of mourning, the White House said, and issued an executive order to close federal offices. "And the contrast between George H.W. Bush and the current president could not be more stark".
He became a multi-millionaire in the oil industry, and was a decorated World War II fighter pilot and a former head of the Central Intelligence Agency before entering the White House in 1988. Jim Braude was joined by Kelly Anne Chase, co-author of 'George and Barbara Bush: A Great American Love Story, ' a book about their seven decades of marriage, which she co-wrote with the couple's granddaughter.