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The last visitors paid respects to George H.W. Bush in the US Capitol Rotunda Wednesday morning

J. Scott Applewhite Associated Press The last visitors paid respects to George H.W. Bush in the US Capitol Rotunda Wednesday morning

The public are permitted to pay their respects in the Capitol from late Monday until Wednesday.

Bush died Friday at his home in Houston. Pence's son had just completed a landing on the USS George H.W. Bush aircraft carrier and Pence wrote to Bush.

The Bush family wants to keep services honoring former President George H.W. Bush about his life and accomplishments, avoiding the type of politics that were on display at the late Sen.

A person familiar with the arrangements said the Bush team and Trump White House have been in close contact in planning an eventual funeral for the elder President Bush for months, marking a departure from what has been a long-running feud between President Trump and the Bush family.

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The queen released a statement honoring Bush over the weekend, calling the 41st president "a patriot, serving his country with honor and distinction in office and during the Second World War". On Wednesday, family and friends will gather at the National Cathedral in Washington for an 11 a.m ET memorial service. "A great love story began at that Christmas dance when George Bush met Barbara Pierce, and the grace and virtue they taught their children have enriched this nation through a family of leaders", McConnell said as Bush's family, including former President George W. Bush and former first lady Laura Bush, Jeb Bush and others, sat nearby.

Former presidents Clinton, Obama and Carter will also attend the funeral.

Following the service in Washington, Bush will be flown to Houston Wednesday to lie in repose at St. Martin's Episcopal Church before burial Thursday at his family plot behind the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum at Texas A&M University.

Bush also served as vice president for two terms under President Ronald Reagan.

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