Facing the nation for the first time as its president, George H.W. Bush vowed to lead with humility, moral principle and a spirit of unity.
He was 94. 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.
A similar outpouring is anticipated in Washington this week during the state funeral for Bush, who died late Friday at his home in Houston. The casket was flown in from Ellington Field Joint Reserve Base, a Texas Air National Guard base, aboard an aircraft that often serves as Air Force One.
The Capitol will be open for dignitaries and the public to pay their respects through early Wednesday, with visitors allowed to walk past Bush's casket.
In this October 22, 2010 photo, Former President George H.W. Bush, left, and golfing great Arnold Palmer acknowledge the gallery at the Champions Tour golf tournament in The Woodlands, Texas. This website is not intended for users located within the European Economic Area.
4141 George Bush Locomotive, which was unveiled October 18, 2005, was dedicated to honor the nation's 41st president.
Bush will be interred next to his wife and daughter Robin at 4:15 p.m. His casket will be transported by motorcade Wednesday morning to the National Cathedral, where a state funeral will be held at 11 a.m. EST.
One of Bush's former senior aides, Ron Kaufman, says Bush's death marks "the end of a culture - a culture of civility". Flags on public buildings are flying at half-staff for 30 days.
Sully the dog will be travelling with the casket on the flight from Texas to Washington DC on Monday.
Donald Trump has ordered the federal government closed on Wednesday for a national day of mourning.
Soon after, he reached the height of his political popularity following the liberation of Kuwait, with public approval ratings that are the envy of today's politicians, the US economy began to sour and voters began to believe that Bush, never a great communicator - something even he acknowledged - was out of touch with ordinary people.
"The president and first lady were notified late last night of President George H.W. Bush's passing", Sanders said in the Saturday statement.
George Herbert Walker Bush, the 41st President of the United States, died on November 30, and President Donald Trump has declared Wednesday, Dec. 5, a National Day of Mourning.
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