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at the capital George HW Bush is saluted as a gentle soul and a great man Washington AB the nation's capital embraced George HW Bush in death Monday with solemn ceremony and high tributes to his service and decency as the remains of the 41st president took their place in the Capitol Rotunda for three days of mourning and praised by the political elite and everyday citizens alike with Bush's casket atop the Lincoln kurta filk first used for Abraham Lincoln's 1865 funeral dignitaries came forward to honor the Texan whose efforts for his country extended 3/4 of a century from World War two through his final years as an advocate for volunteerism and relief for people displaced by natural disaster president from 1989 to 1993 Bush died Friday at age 94 in an invocation opening Monday evenings ceremony the US House chaplain the Reverend Patrick J Conroy praised Bush's commitment to public service from Navy pilot to congressman UN ambassador envoy to China and then CIA director before being elected vice president and then president he Allah is a great man said Representative Paul Ryan the House Speaker and a gentle soul his legacy is grace perfected Vice President Mike Pence and Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell also spoke president Donald Trump did not attend but he and First Lady Melania Trump came to the Capitol late to Monday to pay tribute they stood in front of the casket with their eyes closed for a few moments before Trump saluted the casket political competence set aside their fight Stan honor a Republican who led in a less toxic era and at times found commonality with Democrats despite sharp policy disagreements Democratic Representative Nancy Pelosi passed an incoming House Speaker exchanged a warm hug with George W Bush and came away dabbing her face Bush himself seemed to be holding back tears dot Pelosi and Chuck Schumer the Senate Democratic leader streets in the short ceremony before the Rotunda was to be open to the public it was to remain open overnight sent off from Texas with a 21-gun salute Bush's casket was carried to Joint Base Andrews outside the capital city aboard an aircraft the dolphin serves as Air Force One and designated special air mission 41 in honor of Bush's place on the chronological list of Presidents can unrolled again outside the Capitol as the Sun sank and his eldest son former President George W Bush stood with his hand over his heart watching the caskets procession up the steps Bush was remembered just feet away from what he called democracy's front porch the west facing steps of the Capitol where he was sworn in as president he will lie in state in the Capitol for public visitation through Wednesday an invitation-only funeral service which the Trump's will attend is set for Wednesday at Washington National Cathedral

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