PHOTOS: Texas funeral held for former President George H.W. Bush
Former President George H.W. Bush will be mourned on Thursday at the Houston church where he worshipped for many years, a final public farewell before his remains are taken by train to their resting place at his Texas presidential library.
The remains of Bush, who died last week in Texas at the age of 94, were flown to Texas on Wednesday evening following a formal state funeral where the World War Two veteran-turned-politician was hailed as a warrior-statesman of uncommon personal kindness.
Amid an unusual bipartisan spirit at the service at Washington’s National Cathedral, both Republican and Democratic politicians honored a president who called for a “kinder, gentler” nation.
“George H.W. Bush was America’s last great soldier-statesman,” presidential biographer Jon Meacham said in a eulogy. “He stood in the breach in the Cold War against totalitarianism. He stood in the breach in Washington against unthinking partisanship.”
Bush’s remains were accompanied by members of his family, and were taken by motorcade to St. Martin’s Episcopal Church.
The Houston church remained open through the night for mourners, who began lining up on Wednesday morning, to pay their final respects.
The Rev. Dr. Russell J. Levenson, Jr., rector of St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, says a prayer over the casket of former President George H.W. Bush as he lies in repose at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, in Houston. (Photo: David J. Phillip/Pool via Reuters)