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The flag-draped casket of former President George H.W. Bush is carried by a joint providers army honor guard Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, at Ellington Subject in Houston. (AP Photograph/David J. Phillip, Pool)

HOUSTON (AP) — The Newest on occasions honoring late former President George H.W. Bush (all occasions native):

5:45 p.m.

A army band performed and weapons and cannons have been fired symbolically because the physique of George H.W. Bush was taken from a army plane to a ready hearse in Houston.

As former First Woman Laura Bush and her husband, former President George W. Bush, left the aircraft and have been strolling on the tarmac Wednesday night, Laura Bush waved on the crowd of 300 invited friends who attended the return ceremony.

Many within the crowd waved again at her.

A short while later, the hearse left for St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, the place the previous president will lie in response in a single day forward of funeral providers Thursday morning.

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6:05 p.m.

A crowd of about 300 invited friends, together with Astros supervisor A.J. Hinch, has greeted the arrival of a aircraft carrying former President George H.W. Bush’s stays to Texas.

The army plane, nicknamed Particular Air Mission 41 in honor of the 41st president, landed in Houston on Wednesday night after a flight from Washington. Bush will lie in repose in a single day at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Houston.

Amongst these in attendance have been previous and current members of Houston’s numerous skilled sports activities groups, together with Hinch, former Texans receiver Andre Johnson and former Rockets participant Calvin Murphy.

Bush was an enormous sports activities fan and commonly attended Astros, Rockets and Texans video games. He and his spouse, Barbara, might typically be seen sitting behind residence plate at Astros video games.

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6 p.m.

The aircraft carrying former President George H.W. Bush’s stays has landed at Houston’s Ellington Subject.

Bush’s physique returned to Texas on Wednesday night on a aircraft from Washington. The similar army plane, nicknamed Particular Air Mission 41 in honor of the 41st president, had taken his physique to Washington on Monday to lie in state on the Capitol. A funeral service was held Wednesday morning at Washington Nationwide Cathedral.

Bush will lie in repose in a single day at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Houston.

Then his casket might be loaded onto a practice for a journey to School Station, the place he can be laid to relaxation close to his presidential library at Texas A&M College. He will probably be buried subsequent to his spouse, Barbara, and daughter Robin, who died of leukemia at age three.

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four:10 p.m.

Mourners wanting to pay their respects to former President George H.W. Bush started lining up outdoors a Houston church hours earlier than his visitation is due to begin.

The first individuals in line arrived Wednesday morning, virtually 10 hours earlier than St. Martin’s Episcopal Church was scheduled to open to guests.

Pennie Werth-Bobian was on the entrance of the road. The 56-year-old from Tomball, Texas, says that she used to go to with Bush whereas a good friend of hers reduce his hair and that they turned associates. She says the second time they met, he advised her to name him George.

Bush’s casket is being flown again to Houston after his state funeral in Washington. One other funeral service shall be held Thursday morning at St. Martin’s, and he’s due to be buried Thursday afternoon.

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This merchandise has been corrected to present Pennie’s final identify is Werth-Bobian, not Value-Bobian.

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2:30 p.m.

Former President George H.W. Bush has left Washington for the final time. Bush’s flag-draped casket was carried in a motorcade to Joint Base Andrews outdoors the capital metropolis following his state funeral at Washington Nationwide Cathedral.

An plane that always serves as Air Drive One and designated “Special Air Mission 41” is flying the casket to Houston. Former President George W. Bush and former first woman Laura Bush waved from the highest of the stairway earlier than boarding the aircraft, adopted by different relations.

In Houston, Bush’s physique will probably be transported by motorcade to St. Martin’s Episcopal Church. A public viewing of Bush’s casket might be held on the church till early Thursday, adopted by a personal funeral. Burial will happen on the presidential library in School Station, Texas.

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1:25 p.m.

The hearse carrying former President George H.W. Bush’s casket has left Washington Nationwide Cathedral following his state funeral.

Former President George W. Bush says he informed his father simply earlier than he died final week in Houston at age 94 that he had been a “wonderful dad” and that he beloved him. Delivering a eulogy on the elder Bush’s funeral Wednesday, George W. Bush stated the final phrases his father “would ever say on earth were, ‘I love you, too.’”

George W. Bush extolled his father for his service as president and as a task mannequin as a loving husband, father and grandfather.

Bush choked up on the finish of his eulogy. He patted his father’s flag-draped coffin twice as he went again to his seat.

Former Presidents Invoice Clinton, Barack Obama and Jimmy Carter sat in a front-row pew. President Donald Trump shook palms with the Obamas when he entered.

Bush’s burial might be in Texas.

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12:45 p.m.

Former President George W. Bush says he advised his father simply earlier than he died that he had been a “wonderful dad” and that he beloved him. Delivering a eulogy on the elder Bush’s funeral on Wednesday, George W. Bush stated the final phrases his father “would ever say on earth were, ‘I love you, too.’”

George W. Bush extolled his father not just for his service as president but in addition as a task mannequin as a loving husband, father and grandfather.

Bush choked up on the finish of his eulogy earlier than regaining his composure. He patted his father’s flag-draped coffin twice as he went again to his seat on the Washington Nationwide Cathedral. Former first woman Laura Bush wiped her eyes with a tissue as her husband sat subsequent to her.

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12:40 p.m.

Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to america, who left the U.S. after the killing of a Saudi journalist in Turkey, has returned to Washington for occasions across the state funeral of former President George H.W. Bush.

The Saudi embassy says that Prince Khalid bin Salman is in Washington and that Saudi Overseas Minister Adel al-Jubeir is main the dominion’s delegation at Wednesday’s service.

Khalid bin Salman is the youthful brother of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who the CIA has assessed with excessive confidence ordered the killing of Washington Submit journalist and U.S. resident Jamal Khashoggi (jah-MAHL’ khahr-SHOHK’-jee). The ambassador left the USA in early October after Khashoggi went lacking on a go to to a Saudi consulate in Turkey. There was hypothesis on the time that he wouldn’t return.

Saudi prosecutors have stated a 15-man group despatched to Istanbul killed Khashoggi with tranquilizers and dismembered his physique.

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12:40 p.m.

Former Sen. Alan Simpson has hailed his previous good friend George H.W. Bush as man of humility, a commodity the Wyoming Republican says is uncommon within the capital.

On the Washington Nationwide Cathedral memorial service for the late president on Wednesday, Simpson stated, “Those who travel the high road of humility in Washington, D.C., are not bothered by heavy traffic.”

Simpson recalled that when whereas he was underneath hearth by the press, Bush advised him to “wave to your pals over there in the media” as they handed photographers.

Simpson says Bush accepted a 1990 bipartisan finances deal that included a tax improve, regardless of his marketing campaign pledge to not increase taxes. He says Bush stated, “OK, go for it, but it will be a real punch in the gut.” Simpson says “his own party turned on him” for that, contributing to his 1992 re-election defeat.

Bush died final week in Houston at age 94.

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12:25 p.m.

Former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney has praised former U.S. President George H.W. Bush as a robust world chief who helped oversee the top of the Chilly Struggle and the collapse of the Soviet Union and was “responsible for the North American Free Trade Agreement” with Canada and Mexico.

With President Donald Trump, a pointy NAFTA critic, seated within the entrance row at Bush’s funeral, Mulroney stated Wednesday the deal “created the largest and richest free trade area in the history of the world” and was “recently modernized and improved by new administrations.” Trump had referred to as the commerce deal unfair to the U.S. and moved to exchange it.

Mulroney stated Bush additionally deserves credit score for the People with Disabilities Act and revising the Clear Air Act. He stated, “There’s a word for this. It’s called leadership.”

Bush died final week in Houston at age 94.

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12:15 p.m.

Former President George W. Bush appeared to hand former first woman Michelle Obama one thing at his father’s funeral, recreating a second from Sen. John McCain’s funeral earlier this yr.

At McCain’s funeral, Bush and Obama have been seatmates and he appeared to hand her one thing throughout a eulogy. The bipartisan second went viral, and Obama later informed NBC’s “Today” present Bush slipped her a mint.

On Wednesday, Bush dug into his pocket proper earlier than he shook the arms of the previous presidents and their wives gathered for the funeral of his father, former President George H.W. Bush. He appeared to change one thing into his proper hand earlier than he shook Mrs. Obama’s hand after which hand one thing to her. She smiled at him after the change.

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12:05 p.m.

Humor is creeping its approach into the somber ceremony on the Washington Nationwide Cathedral to keep in mind the lifetime of former President George H.W. Bush.

Presidential historian Jon Meacham was the primary speaker on Wednesday and stated that on the first marketing campaign path in New Hampshire as soon as, Bush grabbed the hand of a division retailer model whereas asking for votes. Meacham says when Bush realized his mistake he stated, “Never know. Gotta ask.”

Meacham recounted how comic Dana Carvey as soon as stated that the important thing to doing an ideal impersonation of the 41st president was “Mr. Rogers trying to be John Wayne.”

Wanting forward to the 1988 election, Bush as soon as stated: “It’s no exaggeration to say that the undecideds could go one way or the other.”

And Meacham stated that late in his presidency, Bush’s tongue ran amok when he stated: “We are enjoying sluggish times, but we’re not enjoying them very much.”

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12:05 p.m.

George H.W. Bush’s biographer is hailing the late president as a noble man who made the world higher and inadvertently made it chuckle.

Historian Jon Meacham has advised mourners at a Washington memorial service that Bush’s credo was, “Tell the truth, don’t blame people, be strong, do your best, try hard, forgive, stay the course.”

Meacham stated Abraham Lincoln’s “better angels of our nature” and Bush’s thousand factors of sunshine are “companion verses in America’s national hymn.” Meacham says Bush “made our lives and the lives of nations freer, better, warmer and nobler.”

President Donald Trump has mocked the “points of light” phrase at a few of his marketing campaign rallies this yr. He contrasted it together with his personal marketing campaign slogan, saying “Putting America first, we understand. Thousand points of light, I never quite got that one.”

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11:05 a.m.

It’s a unprecedented scene contained in the Washington Nationwide Cathedral, the place former world leaders are mingling, ready for a ceremony remembering former President George H.W. Bush to start.

Former Presidents Invoice Clinton, Barack Obama and Jimmy Carter are seated in a front-row pew.

President Donald Trump walked in and shook arms with Obama and former first woman Michelle Obama, who greeted him by saying “Good morning.” Trump didn’t shake palms with Invoice and Hillary Clinton, who seemed straight forward.

Invoice Clinton and Mrs. Obama smiled and chatted as music performed. Carter is seated silently subsequent to Hillary Clinton within the cavernous cathedral. Obama cracked up laughing at somebody’s quip. Vice President Mike Pence shook Carter’s hand.

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11 a.m.

The casket of former President George H.W. Bush has arrived at Washington Nationwide Cathedral in a prolonged, slow-moving motorcade that transported his household, buddies and dignitaries.

Bush’s flag-draped coffin left the Capitol on Wednesday morning and was moved to the packed cathedral. The former president had been mendacity in state on the Capitol Rotunda since Monday.

World figures, members of Congress, President Donald Trump and all 4 ex-presidents are attending the ceremony. Bush’s son former President George W. Bush will give a eulogy, bidding a last Washington farewell to his father, who died Friday in Houston at age 94.

Bush’s stays might be flown to Houston to lie in repose earlier than a personal burial Thursday at his household plot on the presidential library grounds at Texas A&M College in School Station.

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10:55 a.m.

The hearse bearing the coffin of George H.W. Bush has pushed slowly previous the White Home in a symbolic ultimate nod on the constructing the place he served because the nation’s 41st president.

The funeral procession of limousines on Wednesday was carrying Bush’s casket from the Capitol, the place hundreds of mourners had been paying respects to him since late Monday.

It was en route to the Nationwide Cathedral, the place President Donald Trump, all 4 surviving former presidents and lots of of different dignitaries and mourners have been set for a memorial service.

Bush died final week at age 94. He’s to be buried Thursday in Texas.

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10:50 a.m.

The U.N. Safety Council has paid tribute to the late U.S. President George H.W. Bush, standing silently in his reminiscence.

Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara (ah-lah-SAHN’ WAH’-tah-rah) was presiding over the U.N.’s strongest physique on Wednesday and requested the 15 members and diplomats within the crowded council chamber to observe a minute of silence to honor Bush initially of a gathering on sustaining peace after battle.

Talking on behalf of the council, Ouattara stated “President Bush left us following a long, illustrious career serving his country,” together with as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, the place he presided over the Safety Council in 1972.

Ouattara conveyed the council’s “warm gratitude to the people and government of the United States of America” and condolences on Bush’s demise.

Bush died final week in Houston at age 94.

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10:35 a.m.

Former President George H.W. Bush’s casket has left the U.S. Capitol for a state funeral on the Washington Nationwide Cathedral.

Household, pals, congressional leaders and others gathered with army brass on the steps of the Capitol for the send-off Wednesday as cannons echoed a salute and a army band performed “Hail to the Chief.”

Bush’s flag-draped coffin was carried to a ready hearse for the procession to the cathedral. His son former President George W. Bush put his hand over coronary heart on the plaza.

The 41st president had been mendacity in state since late Monday within the Capitol Rotunda, an honor reserved for few. A whole lot of tourists, together with many former White Home officers, arrived to pay tribute. Bush died final week in Houston at age 94.

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9:40 a.m.

Family and friends are gathering at Washington Nationwide Cathedral underneath tight safety for a funeral service honoring late former President George H.W. Bush.

Wednesday’s nationwide funeral service will cap three days of remembrance by dignitaries and odd residents. It should deliver collectively world envoys, the 4 remaining ex-presidents and President Donald Trump.

After Wednesday’s service, Bush’s stays can be returned to Houston to lie in repose at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church earlier than burial Thursday at his household plot.

The 41st president oversaw the post-Chilly Warfare transition and led a profitable Gulf Struggle, solely to lose re-election in a generational shift to Invoice Clinton in 1992. He died final week in Houston at age 94.

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