Flags around the country are flying at half-mast this week to honor former President George H.W. Bush, who passed away late Friday night, Nov. 30, at his home in Flags will remain at half-mast through Dec. 30.
This morning, Bush’s casket was flown from Texas to Washington, D.C., aboard “Special Air Mission 41,” in honor of his position on the presidential roster. Upon landing, a motorcade will then transport the casket from Joint Base Andrews to the U.S. Capitol.
Bush will then lay in state for three days in the Capitol rotunda for public visitation.
President Donald Trump has designated Wednesday, Dec. 5, a national day of mourning. A private funeral is also scheduled for mid-morning, Wednesday, at the Washington National Cathedral.
Four eulogies are planned for the service from former President George W. Bush, Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, former Wyoming Senator Alan Simpson, and presidential historian Jon Meacham.
“President George H.W. Bush was an extraordinary patriot and public servant,” Governor Matt Mead wrote in an official statement. “His dedication to family and his absolute courtesy to all, serve as a model for all Americans. Carol and I send our condolences to his family.”
Sen. John Barrasso appeared Sunday, Dec. 2, on NBC’s Meet the Press and said he remembered the former president most from his visits to the Cowboy State.
”He treated everyone with—everyone got a smile, everyone got a handshake, everyone got respect. And he never rested in his work and dedication to the American people and now may he rest in peace,” Barrasso told host Chuck Todd.
“From his time in the Navy during World War II, to Congress, to being an ambassador, to his service as vice-president and president, his dedication to serving his country was exemplary,” Sen. Mike Enzi wrote in a statement. “Diana and I send our deepest condolences to the Bush family.”
After the services in Washington, Bush’s casket will then retrace the route back to Texas, where he will lie in repose at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Houston until funeral services begin there Thursday, Dec. 6 at 11 a.m. (ET.) The former president will then be transported by train to the George Bush Presidential Library at Texas A&M University, where he will be interred next to his wife of 73 years, Barbara, who passed away in April.